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Flowers that attract Bees

13 Beautiful Plants and Flowers that attract Bees

Bees are not only good for our crops but have a lot of benefits for our environment, ensuring sustainable food supplies. Plants and flowers that attract bees are crucial for making sure pollination happens to enable the health of the ecosystem as well as the Bee’s supply of food.

Here are 13 plants and flowers that attract bees:

Aster

Asters are daisy-like perennial plants grow anywhere from 8 inches to up to 8′ tall and can have dozens of blooms on just one plant.

This plant is an excellent addition to your garden and will certainly help to attract bees for pollination.

When a good number of other plants are no longer flowering at about the end of the growing season, asters will still grow and bring the colors to your garden.

Aster comes in many varieties and is easy to find in nurseries, making it easy to find one that suits your garden. This flower blooms in July, August, and September and needs to be in the partial sun about 4-5 hours of sun a day.

Flowers that attract Bees
Cosmos attracting Bees

Cosmos

The Cosmos comes in different colors for you can choose from, this plant grows in meadows across North America and Mexico.

The Cosmos plant can thrive even in dry, hot climates as well as poor soil. They are shaped nearly like daisies and bloom 3-5″ wide, making them excellent cut flowers.

They are great for attracting bees as well as other pollinators like birds and butterflies. Cosmos plants left alone during the fall will drop seeds for the next springs growth.

Flowers that attract Bees
Phlox Flower

Phlox

Disc-like, bright and available in a variety of colors ranging from purple to white, these flowers come in both creeping and upright forms.

Phlox flourish abundantly and are great pollinators, excellent for attracting bees to your garden as well as other pollinators.

This flower thrives well in zones 3-9 blooms between the months of April and September. Phlox requires full sun and but can stand some shade too.

Flowers that attract Bees
Black-Eyed Susan Flowers attracting Bees

Black-Eyed Susan

Also know that Rudbeckia Fulgida, this plant does incredibly well even in drought. It grows wild in large spaces, and you would easily find them in your local nursery.

They have bright, yellow flowers that draw in pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies and of course, bees. Black-Eyed Susan’s growing between the months of June to September and requires sun as well as some shade.

Bee Balm

You can tell right from its name that this plant is one of the best Bee attracting plants there are. Bee Balm grows up to 4′ tall and produces beautifully colorful, tubular blooms that are a great source of nectar for bees.

Bee Balm plants are deer resistant along with drought-tolerant. The plant is easy to grow and blooms between July and September. This plant requires full sun with a bit of shade.

Flowers that attract Bees
Joe Pye Weed Plant

Joe-Pye Weed

Joe-Pye Weed plants are excellent accent plants filled with plenty of nectar and pollen. They require a fair amount of water to perform their best. Older plants that are more stable can survive short periods of drought — this plant blooms between July and September.

Coneflower

Coneflowers flourish in the middle of summer and tolerate drought well, making it an excellent choice for your bee garden in hot climates.
This plant is also deer resistant and blooms between June and October. It requires good exposure to the sun.

Plants that attract Bees
Liatris Plant is a big bee attractor

Liatris

This is commonly called blazing stars and has grass-like leaves that cluster at its base. Liatris has pinkish-purplish flowers which are the major attractors of bees. It blooms between July and September and requires exposure to the sun.

Milkweed

Even though most people treat this plant as weed and remove it from their gardens, this plant is great for attracting bees. It can do well even on soil that isn’t very rich and comes in many varieties.

It grows up to 2-5′ tall and 2′ wide, and flourishes between June and August. It requires exposure to the sun as well as some shade.

Flowers that Attract Bees
Golden Rod

Goldenrod

This is commonly found in meadows and prairies and features many beneficial properties. Goldenrod flowers bloom late but are super when it comes to attracting pollinators such as bees.

As a bonus, this plant is pest repellent and will drive insect pests away from your other plants. It blooms between July to October and requires exposure to the sun as well as some shade.

Pansy

Pansies come in a variety of colors and will do just fine both in container gardens and in real gardens directly on the soil. Pansies are a great addition to your garden if you’re looking to attract pollinators like bees.

They need lots of water to do well as well as partial exposure to the sun and cooler temperatures. It thrives for hardiness in zones 4-8 and blooms between April and October.

Penstemon

This plant has more than 300 species you can choose from, and it also comes in many different colors. The flowers of this plant are also nectar-rich and so are great for attracting pollinators like honey bees, among others.

To get the best out of this plant, do not mulch or fertilize with organic materials. Use rocks for mulch in order to enable proper drainage and prevent the crowns from rotting in the winter.

Also, let some seeds remain on the plants and get ripe since new seedlings are stronger than the parent plants. This plant requires full sun and blooms between April and September. It also thrives for hardiness in zones 3-9.

Flowers that attract Bees
Salvia Plant

Salvia

This is commonly known as Sage and is not known for the small clusters of bright flowers which it blooms in the fall and summer and which attracts pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies as well as bees.
Salvia plants are in three groups:

The varieties with woody stems
The varieties with herbaceous stems. (These ones die back to the ground by winter)The varieties with herbaceous stems which form basal rosettes
The salvia plants are drought resistant to some extent and require little maintenance so you can plant them in the part of your garden that is well exposed to the sun and without having a lot of water. The salvia plants bloom between June and September.

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Brent Richard Dixon

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