Create a Buzz: Nine Plants That Invite Bees to Your Garden

May 1, 2024 / Comments Off on Create a Buzz: Nine Plants That Invite Bees to Your Garden

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Having bees in your garden is a natural way to enhance pollination, leading to better quality crops and a more abundant harvest. While some might mistakenly consider them pests, their presence actually reduces the need for chemical pesticides that ward off plant-harming insects.

Transform your garden into a buzzing haven for bees with these bee-friendly plants and flowers. Plant these around your garden to nurture the perfect habitat for these essential pollinators.

  1. Aster: This star-shaped bloom comes in shades of purple, blue, pink, and white, for a late summer and fall splash of color that bees love!
  2. Butterfly Weed: As a nectar-rich variety of milkweed, butterfly weed is a triple threat, drawing in butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
  3. Marigold: These sun-loving, yellow and orange annuals are easy to grow and bloom generously throughout summer. 
  4. Monarda (Bee Balm): These red, pink, and purple blossoms, known as Bee Balm, are nectar-rich and bloom midsummer.
  5. Penstemon: This peculiar flower’s shape resembles an open mouth with a long fuzzy tongue, earning it the nickname “beardtongues.”
  6. Phlox: This low-growing groundcover has blossoms in beautiful, bright colors, making it a magnet for bees and a highlight of any garden.
  7. Purple Coneflower: Ideal for hot and drought-ridden places, this resistant flower blooms through late summer.
  8. Sedum: Flourishing in well-drained soil and full sun, sedum’s long-lasting blooms are preferable for bees.
  9. Salvia: Whether annual, biennial, or perennial, salvia’s vibrant array of colors are a beacon for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.