Bees are not just another garden pest. They’re well-known for their contributions to pollination, but they also help with seed dispersal, soil aeration and nutrient cycling. In other words, they’re responsible for making our gardens grow—and they are in trouble. Bees face many threats, including disease and habitat loss. One way that we can help bees is by planting bee-friendly plants in our yards and gardens. Here’s how to create a garden that’s safe for bees:
Planting bee-friendly plants means that you are providing a safe environment for bees to thrive.
Planting bee-friendly plants means that you are providing a safe environment for bees to thrive. Bees are important pollinators and essential for fruit, vegetable and seed production. In addition, they help to maintain the health of our planet by pollinating wildflowers, trees and shrubs that enrich soil nutrients.
The following list includes some of the best varieties of plants suitable for bees:
- Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) – This perennial herb has clusters or tubular scarlet flowers with an aromatic scent similar to mint or thyme when crushed between fingers; it attracts butterflies too!
- Black-eyed Susan Vine (Rudbeckia fulgida) – This vine grows up to 10 feet tall with golden yellow blooms on top stems throughout summer; hummingbirds love this one too!
- Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – A native species from eastern North America with pinkish flowers throughout much of summer; also attracts hummingbirds so double win!
A successful garden is more than just the right mix of plants and soil.
It’s not enough to simply plant the right plants and provide them with the proper nutrients. Bees need food, shelter and water as much as we do–and they also need a safe environment where they can live. In fact, if you want to attract bees to your garden or …Bee-Friendly Plants For Gardens and Landscapes Read More