Monday, February 6, 2012

Plants that attract bees


How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower.
Isaac Watts - Against Idleness

When planting you could consider the flowering times so that there are always flowers that attract bees in your garden. Whatever country you are in you cannot go wrong if you plant the flowering plants that are native to your area.
Many of the plants on the following suggestion list are herbs and so can serve many purposes in health and cuisine as well as providing pollen for bees.

Agrimony
Angelica
Anise Hyssop
Apple Mint
Bergamot
Black Horehound
Blackthorn
Borage
Catmint
Chicory
Chives
Columbine
Cornflower
Daisies
Geranium
Globe Thistle
Grape Hyacinth
Heather
Hollyhock
Hyssop
Lemon Bergamot
Lambs Ears
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lovage
Marjoram
Meadow Clary
Meadowsweet
Mint
Poppy
Red Clover
Red Valerian
Rock Rose
Rosemary
Sweet William
Sunflowers
Tansy
Thyme
Valerian
White Clover
Wild Basil
Wild Clematis
Wild Privet

Some extra suggestions if you live in Australia like me.

Seasonal Recommended Plant Lists for USA and United Kingdom can also be found at this link.

HAPPY PLANTING!




3 comments:

Miss Bee Haven Goddess said...

Thank you, this is wonderful! Australian information is a bonus..
Blessings xXx

Georgie said...

You are welcome - love some of the videos on your site

visualeyes said...

Please add white mustard = plant it in November so as not to cross pollinate with broccoli.
And make surer all seeds are not coated with systemic pesticide but are Organic, perhaps inoculated with nitrogen fixing bacteria.
Also, imagine bees going anywhere with a couple of thousand sisters and plant a LOT of bee friendly flowers,or they might just give your garden a pass!