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Show Your Appreciation to Bees

Show Your Appreciation to Bees

Since the worrying discovery in 2006 of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious ailment causing entire colonies of honeybees to disappear, there’s been a great deal of attention paid to supporting bees and other pollinators. After all, honeybees are responsible for pollinating over 100 commonly eaten fruit and vegetable crops–so we’d do well to be kind to these furry little helpers. Without bees our food system would be in serious trouble. Luckily, apart from taking up beekeeping (which isn’t as hard as it sounds either!), one of the best things we can do is also one of the easiest–plant flowers.

The list of flowers that are ‘best’ for bees varies depending on where you look, and honestly it’s probably best not to get too hung up on the ‘top’ species. After all–bees need variety in their diet as much as we do, and they need to eat throughout the year. So here’s a list of plants that my bees seem to like. It’s by no means exhaustive, so feel free to add your own in the comments:

Honey Bee Friendly Garden Plants

  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Lavender
  • Bee Balm
  • Zinnia
  • Sunflower
  • Fennel
  • Lamb’s Ears

Honey Bee Friendly Native and Wild Plant

  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Tulip poplar
  • Clover
  • Rhododendron

For those wanting to know more, The College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley has put together a more comprehensive list of plants for urban bee gardens. And let’s not forget that growing and eating organic is likely to help bees too–insecticides and insects don’t tend to get along too well.

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9:17PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

I grow Sunflowers and lavender.

6:33AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

good to know

3:04PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

They love our buddlia and lavender.

3:03PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

O.K.

9:58AM PST on Dec 26, 2011

yay for spring coming up... I can start a little garden!

2:38PM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Thanks for the information.

6:03PM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

Thanks for the shopping list - next year my garden will have all of these flowers - I already have bees snacking on 9 of these, plug marigolds, phlox, Joe Pye, butterfly bush, liatris (a real favorite!) and a miscellaneous assortment of nasturtium and other flower garden staples ;-)

9:28AM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

That doesn't surprise me about rosemary being at the top of the list. They absolutely love the stuff!

3:24AM PDT on Jul 24, 2010

Thanks for sharing. I have 8 out of the 12. Will be planting a few more plants soon.

3:45AM PDT on Jul 3, 2010

hey, thankyou for the tips. lots of entertaining beficial info.

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