Bees are in danger of becoming extinct.
Attracting bees to your garden can help to stop this from happening. You don’t need to plant a huge garden, by any means. In the case of the bees, every flower makes a difference. The bees are depending on you!
Without the bees, we are only a few years from starvation. Bees are responsible for helping to pollinate 2/3 of the fruit and vegetables we eat. To attract these hard and helpful workers, choose colorful flowers with single rows of petals. If the plants are native to your region, all the better. Here are a few bee attracting plants to consider planting.
Catmint is part of the catnip family. As luck would have it, bees adore it as much as the felines do. Available in a variety of colors, these flowers are low-maintenance, deer-resistant, and can tolerate drought. Cutting the plant back after the first flowering will result in more blooms during the same season. Purchasing different varieties also extends the blooming season from early summer to late fall.
Cosmos are easy to grow and bees love them! This annual, which is great for filling in empty spaces in your garden, produces lacy leaves and blooms that resemble spikes. Cosmos are available in a variety of colors including white, yellow, orange, and shades of pink.
Lavender smells wonderful! Many people are surprised to learn that lavender isn’t just purple. It grows in white and pink varieties as well. If you live in an area known for poor soil, you can still grow lavender successfully. The local bees will love you for it!
You might assume that bees are attracted to all types of roses. But, they’re not. Their favorites are old-fashioned roses with open centers, which are usually very fragrant. Single-petal roses come in second for a bee’s rose preference.
It is the sunflower’s large center that typically attracts bees. The ample area provides them with lots of room to forage for pollen. There is a sunflower variety that’s native to almost everywhere in the United States. Note that it is important to plant them after the last frost.
What will you plant in your garden this year to help the bees? Be sure to pin this for later!