The test also showed that horse and sweet chestnut flowers were a key pollen provider along with redcurrants cherries apples plums and tomatoes. Dianthus also known as Sweet Williams are generally not attractive to bees especially red shades.
Bees are particularly attracted to bee balm echinacea snap dragon and hostas as well as numerous wildflowers such as California poppies and evening primrose.
Pansy Flower Attract Bees. These flowering plants come in a wide range of colors including white cream maroon yellow red orange and pink. Flowering from Spring through to Autumn this is another flower well worth growing to attract bees. When selecting plants opt for varieties that are native to your area as they will best support local caterpillars and butterflies.
Though commonly associated with monarch butterflies and also known as butterfly weed milkweeds are a great way to attract bees to your garden with their generous helping of nectar. Check out 6 go-to flowers you should plant in your butterfly garden. Below are the plants you need in order to grow a bee friendly yard no matter how big or small of a space you have to work with.
Grevillea hybrids are long flowering shrubs that produce large amounts of nectar. The Common Heliotropes flowers have a specific vanilla scent which is an attraction for the bees. If youre looking for a border plant that will get the bees bussing in your garden alyssum will be the answer.
The usual shades of the flower are red purple white and pink. If you want to focus on attracting Monarch butterflies try planting milkweed zinnias and miss molly bush. Last year more than 50 different flowers were found to have contributed to honey made by bees kept in Westminster.
As with most red-colored blooms ultraviolet rays are absorbed by the color making them less appealing to the bee flying by than white yellow or other bright-colored blooms that reflect the ultraviolet rays. Bee balm is another bright colored flower that attracts many butterflies including the attractive monarch butterfly. Eupatorium purpureum Zones 3 to 9 Primarily known as a butterfly plant this perennial also attracts bees with its fragrant pink-purple blooms.
So if you can find a red double non-perfumed flower you are in business. Dont be afraid to plant flowers that attract bees. For more on companion planting borage click here.
Barrels of water that trickle out onto pebbles can be an attractive feature bees will use. Bees can see the colour purple more clearly than any other colour and some of the best bee plants such as lavender alliums buddleja and catmint have purple flowers. It has clusters of tiny blue and purple fragrant blooms.
They range in size from tall shrubs to prostrate varieties to suit many different garden situations. If attracting bees to your garden is important to you skip plants such as eucalyptus ferns and lemongrass. 10 Plants That Attract Bees to Your Yard So here we go.
Bees especially need water in areas such as the Southwest. But if you are allergic to bee stings it makes sense not to attract bees to the family picnic area. Their low-growing masses of honey-scented white blossoms are a pollinator magnet.
The number one source of pollen for the honey that was tested was cut flower favourite Cerinthe major Purpurascens not what youd expect in the heart of the city but perhaps it was part of municipal planting nearby. Single flowers contain more pollen and nectar than double flowers and theyre less dense making. This flowering plant is a bee favorite.
The plant grows well in full sunlight and prefer moist soil. Grow flowers that attract bees. Lets chat about the plants that attract bees via their colors and scents.
Space your mums between 18 and 24 inches apart for best results and be sure to water them regularly during the. The bright purple and blue hues that pansies show off will attract bees. Plants that attract bees should be close to water such as a birdbath fountain or farm pond design not only to lure bees but also to sustain them.
One way you can help ensure bees have plenty of healthy nectar to eat is to plant flowering plants. Chrysanthemums commonly known as mums are double flowers that dont attract bees to your garden due to their shape and low pollen levels. These bright and colorful blooms prefer the sun and are drought-resistant making them perfect for arid and areas such as California.
Amongst the top annuals for attracting bees is cosmos with its beautiful feathery foliage and flowers of pink white or orange. You also want to prioritize growing single flowers which have a simple corolla with just one ring of petals over double flowers which like ornamental roses have multiple layers of petals. Bees are not attracted to red flowers however if they are perfumed they may find them.
With little pollen or nectar available dianthus is very unlikely to have more than a lone passing bee. They are not particularly attracted to geraniums and dianthus either. They attract a wide range of native bees as well as nectar-feeding birds.
Bees are especially drawn to blue white yellow and purple flowers. Here is what you need to know. An extra bonus to these flowers is that they also attract ladybugs which can.
Tagged beautiful bee-friendly flowers pollinators. Pesticide use has cut the population of these critical pollinators and as a gardener youll want to help their numbers increase. Recognisable by their bright blue star like flower borage is a particular favourite with bees.
They need a sunny location with well-drained soil and should be protected in the winter because they dont survive frost. Because they have good color vision bees flock to flowers that are blue purple white and yellow. Safe shelter for the eggs to grow into caterpillars milkweed and aster are good choices food for the caterpillars to grow and transform into pupa aka chrysalis and nectar from flowers for the adult butterflies to eat try goldenrod and snap dragons.
It prefers moist soil where it can shoot up to 9 feet tall. Bees love this annual flower thats also used as a cover crop. A lot of very ruffled double flowers are not very attractive to bees either because they cant find their way in.
If you succession-sow this flower variety you can manage to have a continuous bloom period throughout the summer. It is filled with good amounts of scentless nectar that is enjoyed by butterflies bees and even tiny birds. I named pansies first because they are typically the first flowers that can be planted during the cooler spring months.
They come in a variety of colors such as pink and white yellow and orange. Dianthus is a perennial similar in shape and bloom to the carnation but smaller. Also called Monarda Bee Balm resembles a daisy with an open center and tubular petals.
That said many flowers in other colours will still attract bees so dont pull them up. One important note. To bee or not to bee — that is never the question.
Bees often overlook flowers grown in shade as well as those grown singly or in twos or threes. A family member once asked me worriedly arent you afraid of getting stung Unless disturbed bees arent interested in bothering or harming humans. Careful flower selection and placement can help you help bees.