Attracting bees to your garden is really easy to do. There are many annuals (they grow one season and then die) and perennials (they grow more than one season) that you can plant that will attract bees.
You might ask why you would want to attract bees. I think the best reason to attract bees to our home is that bees are a link to the global food chain. Bees are pollinators and are necessary for most plants that provide us with food. This post has affiliate links that will take you to Etsy, the items in the shops you will see are all homemade I appreciate your purchases and I know they do too.
I love both vegetable and flower gardening. When the weather is nice, I can spend hours outside, pulling weeds, moving plants, mowing and more. Even though gardening can be a lot of work, it is a way to relax and get in a clam zone. At least that is how it is for me.
I like to place my plants in the order of height. I want to make sure I see all of them while I sit on the porch relaxing. This photos shows how easy it is attracting bees to your garden – place some marigolds, zinnia, bee balm and some cone flower. My pets love to get in on the action and I will often find them in the garden relaxing.
Attracting bees to your garden with these annuals.
- California Poppy
- Pincushion flower
Attracting bees to your garden with these perennials
- Bee Balm (One of my favorites – you see it in the photo above – the red ones)
- Black-eyed Susan (Big’s favorite)
- Blanket Flower
- Catmint (love this low flowering ground cover)
- Purple Coneflower (One of my favorites – they multiply too!)
If you notice, you will see that many of the plants I have or will have in my garden are herbs. I often add herbs to my flower beds. Some will even keep bugs away! I think having herbs mixed in with flowers is a space saver and great for my kitchen too.
In the above photo, you will see some purple sage growing close to the ground. This is not a plant that attracts bees, but it is one that keeps a few bugs away.
I love this Bee Seed Bomb from Etsy. I love the way you can easily grow plants that bees love. The shop where I found these has bombs for so many different types of bombs, there is one for herbs, edible flowers and so many other cool ones. Take a minute to check them out.
If you are not convinced that you want to attract bees to your garden, think about this – many of the plants I am talking about are friendly to hummingbirds too. During the colder weather, plants like purple coneflower, sunflowers and black-eyed susan feed the birds.
I recently received The Bee Friendly Gardening book from Blogging for Books as a gift for my review . As soon as I saw the cover of the book I knew that I would love it. The photography is stunning and there is so much great information in it. This book will be sitting on my coffee table for easy access. I already have many of the pages earmarked.
The Bee Friendly Gardening book by Kate Frey and Gretchen LeBuhn is full of helpful information that I can use. The book is written in a manner that is helpful to brand new gardeners and those of us who have had dirt under our fingernails for a long time.
I hope you will get outside and start attracting bees to your garden. It is easy to do, can be low cost and is helpful to the earth and our food source.