Publish on Mar 19, 2019
It’s been an unusually snowy winter, but spring is finally here and it’s time to start gardening! Sometimes, it’s difficult to decide what to plant, as there are so many amazing things to grow. One thing to consider is how to attract bees to your garden. Certain flowers and herbs are more likely to bring in these useful pollinators than others.
So, let’s get this out of the way first: bees can be annoying. They buzz around us when we’re trying to enjoy a meal on the patio or a family picnic in the park. If they sting you, it’s painful and that doesn’t exactly make them endearing. However, we need bees and our plants need bees. Yes, they make wonderful honey, but that’s not all. Your favourite cotton T-shirt, for example, probably wouldn’t exist if bees hadn’t pollinated numerous cotton plants. Bees also pollinate other important crops and the beautiful wildflowers we enjoy every spring.
Begin by choosing a sunny spot that’s shielded from the wind when you plant. You don’t need a huge area; a sunny apartment balcony would be perfect, for example. Select various plants that will grow and flourish at different times during the growing season. That way, you will always have something for the bees to pollinate. Most importantly, avoid using pesticides, as they are toxic to bees.
Bees love colour. They especially favour blue, purple, and yellow, so plant flowers that feature various vibrant blossoms. Also, select flat or shallow blossoms and plants that have single, rather than double flowers. More nectar and pollen is found in single flowers, and double flowers are more challenging for bees to access because they have so many petals. Flowers that you could plant include: asters, daisies, poppies, snapdragons, and zinnias. Here are more bee-friendly flowers you could add to your garden.
If you prefer to plant herbs, rather than flowers, never fear: bees will still love your garden. For instance, those herbs that make wonderful teas, such as mint, lavender, and lemon balm, are also bee favourites. Mediterranean herbs, including oregano, rosemary, and thyme, are great choices too. Also, all these herbs are perennials. This means that you and your bees will be able to enjoy them year after year.