Bee Hive Blog

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Planting a Bee-friendly Garden

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It’s officially spring and if there’s one thing everyone can agree on it’s that warmer temperatures and outdoor activities are a welcome sight after months of limited daylight and being stuck indoors. One outdoor activity you can do yourself not only will add some color and beauty to your home or yard but also will benefit a species near and dear to our heart … honeybees!


As temperatures warm, honeybees leave their winter cluster and get back to work buzzing around and making honey. By planting and growing flowers that produce nectar and pollen, your garden will help attract these wonderful creatures. That, in turn, will have an immediate impact on the environment as honeybees help pollinate tons of plants that we use every day.


So which flowers are the best to plant? It’s important to avoid flowers that may prove to have obstacles for the honeybees in accessing the nectar and pollen, such as those with large petals. Honeybees are attracted to flowers that are colorful and have a distinct scent, which is welcome news to gardeners! Flowers that are wild and native are typically the best because of their year-round foilage and blossoms, but that doesn’t mean you need to turn your garden into a wild meadow. Here are some of our favorite plants and flowers that our busy little friends love too:



Flowers

Geraniums

Marigolds

Roses

Sunflowers



Herbs

Basil

Bee Balm

Fennel

Lavender



Shrubs

Blueberry

Butterfly Bush

Honeysuckle



Trees

Linden

Maples

Redbud

Tulip Tree