Maybe you’re not ready to start your own beehive colony, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help out the world’s bee population. If you’re the owner of a rooftop looking to set up a bee-friendly garden, or wondering what plants to grow in your back yard, check out some of these bee-friendly plants to get started and get growing!
The FWBs – Flowers With Benefits
You’re not just doing it for the bees, but if you want to have a gorgeous and blooming garden, you’re going to need bees and pollinators for help. Providing bees with a flower-rich habitat will lend you a bountiful harvest in your vegetable patch, or encourage regrowth of self-seeding flowers.
Plants Best for Bees
The majority of these plants have gorgeous flowers and produce lovely aromas, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list.
Rich in nectar and producing a heavenly fragrance, lavender is a great plant for your garden – bees or not! The flowers have a long bloom time, produce plenty of nectar and are really popular with bees. Lavender can bloom all year round, depending on where you live and which variety you opt for.
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Marjoram and Mint
These herby delights bring forth a rich aromatic set of flowers, and can be used in the kitchen too. Flowering season is between summer and early autumn. When you’re planting mint, consider that the plant loves to spread its roots – if you’re worried about it spreading, make sure to plant it in a large pot so it stays put.
Get yourself a pretty pot to keep unruly plants where you want them. (External link)
Bees love yellow flowers, and so do I. These bright friendly flowers are a playground for pollinators because within the head of a sunflowers are a lots of little florets, and at the end of the season offer up a tasty snack; sunflower seeds!
Sunflowers are a great place for beginners looking to get their garden growing, try it out with a sunflower starter pack. (External link)
Another win win for bees and afternoon teas. For bigger berries, you’ll want to encourage bees to pay a visit. If you’re short on space, you should look for strawberry varieties that hang, or a strawberry jar that has ledges on the sides for more berries.
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My mother has an allotment, and I grew up down there in the summers. She is also a big believer in bees, so it’s no surprise that she grows borage – butterflies and bees love these blue star-shaped flowers. Not only do they look pretty, they can be used as salad leaves and to decorate meals and cocktails. Flowering from spring to autumn, the plant is self seeding so it really just gets on with doing its thing.
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These shrubs give off a sweet fragrance that draw in pollinators. For rooftop growing, opt for a dwarf variety, which has a higher chance of thriving in a pot. Remember you’ll need to prune the lilac bush as it outgrows its container.
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One of my all time flowering favorites, honeysuckle can be coaxed into making its home along a wall or a fence, grown from pots or soil. This one brings all the bees, birds and nectar-loving insects to the yard.
See yourself a pair of pruning shears to get your ready for gardening! (External link)
- Skip the hybrid plants – these are often not produced to seed, so they have little pollen for bees.
- Plant for flowers that appear at different times of the year, so that there are blooms all year round.
- One flower is not enough! Bees like to go from flower to flower, so consider clustering plants together to draw bees in.
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