Support our Bees
It's not just about honey bees!
Aim to attract lots of types of bees, not just honey bees. Bumble bees and other native bees are responsible for 80% of the pollination of all flowering plants! Here are some tips:
- To attract bees throughout the season, select plants that provide both pollen and nectar
- Choose plants with staggered bloom times
- Provide a consistent fresh water source with shallow areas that bees can access easily
- Plant in clumps of single species, create pockets of different species throughout the landscape
- Leave a small area of exposed disturbed soil for ground nesting bees and leave some dried plant material for nesting
- Do not use systemic pesticides and avoid applying even organic pesticides wherever bees are active
- Avoid using hybrids and “double” flowered plants as they often have much less nectar than single and species varieties
Planting a variety of the plants listed below will be sure to attract a variety of bee species.
Fruit (apple, peach, plum, etc.)
Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum
African Blue Basil
Mealy Blue Sage