Plant These to Save the Bees

Nearly one third of Bee colonies have vanished. But you can help! Prairie Gardens Plant Experts recommend planting these to help save the bees.

30% of our food comes from Pollinators. And don’t think about it just in terms of apples, pears and peaches. Anything with a flower – a watermelon, a cantaloupe, a pepper, a tomato – needs a Pollinator.

— Jim W, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Perennials Bees Love

Pussywillow is a great early-spring plant to help pollinators get off to a good start. Honey Bees in particular love this plant because it has such a huge amount of pollen on it they can use.

— Jim W, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Annuals Bees Love

  • Zinnia
  • Geranium
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Cosmos
  • Cuphea

The closer you can get to original plant varieties the better. A lot of hybridizing that has gone on has eliminated the amount of pollen or nectar produced, so stick to older, native varieties whenever possible.

— Jim W, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Herbs Bees Love

  • Borage
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Lemon Balm
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Catmint

Bee-Friendly Garden Tips

Continuous Blooms. Bees with make return visits to a garden that consistently has nectar, so plant flowers with different bloom times. So when one bloom ends, another begins. Check plant labels to come up with a bloom plan.

Variety. We all like a little variety in our diets, and so do bees! Plant different types of flowers to please the taste buds of all kinds of bees. And make sure to plant them in groups, so your bees can spot their favorites faster.

Bee Homes. Provide a place for your bees to nest and seek safely. Piles of wood can help give them the shelter they seek or make this bee home project the kids will love!

Go Organic. Many pesticides are toxic to bees, so use them as little as possible, opting for an organic option instead.

Bee Baths. Bees need shallow water sources where they can perch and have a drink. Fill a shallow container with water and add rocks where they can land. Maintain the water level, so bees know they can return to a consistent water source.

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