Bees are in danger of becoming extinct.
Attracting bees to your garden can help to stop it from happening. You don’t need to plant a huge garden, by any means. In this case, every flower makes a difference. The bees are depending on you!
Without the bees, we are only a few years from starvation ourselves. Bees are responsible for helping to pollinate 2/3 of the fruit and vegetables we eat. For best results, choose colorful flowers with single rows of petals. If the plants are native to your region, all the better. Here are a few plants that attract bees to consider planting.
Catmint is part of the catnip family. As luck would have it, bees adore it as much as felines. 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 results 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 works great to fill in empty spaces, produces lacy leaves and blooms that resemble spikes. Cosmos is available in a variety of flower colors including white and shades of pink, yellow and orange.
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.
It’s the sunflower’s large center that typically attracts bees. The ample area provides them with lots of room to forage for pollen. There’s a sunflower variety that’s native to almost everywhere in the U.S. The important thing to remember is 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!