Plants That Attract Bees

Bees are known to gardeners as beneficial insects. As pollinators, they are essential to the growth of your garden since their job is to carry pollen from one plant to another of the same species, effectively fertilizing it to facilitate the production of seeds and fruit. Without bees, many of the plants we rely on for food and fiber would be in danger.

Creating a Safe Environment for Bees

Gardeners are becoming well aware that bees are at risk. One of the best things you can do to assist them in surviving is to create a safe environment. How do you do that? The easiest way is to go organic and sustainable and utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices.

Here are some ideas to support bees in your garden:

  • Use organic products to help your garden thrive.
  • If you must treat for insects, do it after the bees go home in the evening. Again, try to stick to organic pest control options.
  • Invest in shelter, or make sheltered areas for the bees.
  • Provide bees with attractive plants.

Attracting Beneficial Bees

The good news is there are lengthy lists of flowers and plants that will attract bees to your garden. In addition, bees love native plants and wildflowers, so incorporate them into your landscape when possible. Remember, bees are attracted to color, so think in terms of vibrant yellows, blues and purples. Some favorite flowers for bees include:

  • Poppies
  • Echinacea
  • Marigolds
  • Primroses
  • Sunflowers
  • Geraniums
  • Alyssums
  • Rudbeckia