GREAT FOR BEES

Our bee mixes contain specially selected wildflower species that provide nutrition and shelter for our busy bees. 

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There are many different types of plants that are beneficial for bees. Native violas, Dutch white clover, creeping thyme, and dandelions are all good choices for pollinators. You can also plant herbs, such as thyme, lavender, and sage, because they have a strong scent that will attract pollinators. Bees love to visit these types of plants because they produce nectar and have a pleasant scent. If you want to attract more bees, plant them in full sun.

 

Plants That Are Great For Attracting Bees

Yarrow

A good choice for your bee garden is yarrow. This perennial flower can be mixed with other herbs and perennial flowers, such as marigolds, daffodils, and coneflower. Yarrow is also a good addition to low-water xeriscapes. Yarrow is also a good ground cover, and it blends well with other sandy-soil-loving plants, such as bee balm, calamint, catmint, coneflower, and catmint. Yarrow makes an excellent vase flower as well.

You can plant seeds of yarrow in late spring or early fall and divide them later. However, you should consider separating plants in order to avoid soil compaction and plant them in separate spots. You may also need to stake tall varieties to provide stability. There are many different varieties of yarrow available, so you can choose one with the color you prefer. A common cultivar is 'Cerise Queen.' It features deep pink flowers with white centers. Unlike many other varieties, yarrow flowers will remain vibrant even in the hot summer.

 

Papaver Somniferum

Known as an annual herb, Papaver somniferum is part of the Papaveraceae family. This plant is native to South Africa. Its simple leaves and capsule-like fruit attract bees. Megachile leaf-cutter bees visit Opium Poppy flowers. Each plant can grow up to 0.66 m tall. This plant has a variety of benefits for bees, including nectar.

While opium poppy is still illegal in many countries, cultivated forms of this plant are safe for garden use and do not produce the drug opium. In addition, you can purchase papaver somniferum seeds from a legitimate flower seed vendor.

Papaver somniferum is a sun-loving plant with large, bulky flowers. Multiple bees will visit the large flowers and collect the black pollen. It prefers well-drained soil and full sunlight. However, it will go dormant during dry summers. It also has long, attractive flowers. So, it's a good choice for attracting bees to your garden.

 

Hydrangea

Climbing Hydrangeas are especially attractive to bees. Their large, white blooms will attract hives of bees, which will feed on the flowers. These trees are great for landscapes and containers and are suitable for zones three to nine. Climbing Hydrangeas are suitable for both sunny and shady areas. Depending on where they are grown, they can grow up to 30 feet tall.

Not all hydrangeas attract bees. Honey bees prefer specific cultivars. However, many other species of bees will also visit the flowers. To attract bees, make sure to choose specific cultivars that are attractive to bees. Also look for hydrangea varieties that have fertile flowers, such as 'Confetti'.

While Mophead hydrangeas are not popular for their attractiveness to bees, there are a number of other varieties of hydrangea that are suitable for bee gardens. These plants are excellent for attracting pollinators, and their flowers change color depending on the soil pH. They are also a great choice for gardeners with allergies to wasps, gnats, and flies.

 

Lantana

Lantana is an attractive plant, and bees and butterflies love it. This plant grows to be a good height and spread, and many varieties are multi-colored. While most Lantana are annuals, Miss Huff is a hardy perennial that will thrive in a sunny garden. It is not suitable for shaded areas, but lantana will attract bees and butterflies.

Lantana plants are easy to grow from cuttings. Take a stem in early spring, strip the lower leaves, and coat the cut stem with a rooting growth hormone. Then, plant it in a small pot or your favorite seed starting soil. Once roots have developed, transplant your plant to the outside. If it is hard to find lantana plants, buy a small tree and plant it where it gets bright, indirect light.

Lantana is easy to grow and can be grown in any area of the garden, even an apartment. They thrive in full sun and tolerate high levels of heat. They also tolerate a little salt. Home gardeners can purchase lantana plants in the spring or from a plant catalog company. Lantanas are relatively healthy and do not need much fertilization.

 

Lavender

Did you know that lavender is good for bees? It contains small amounts of nectar that honey bees can easily collect and store in their honey stomachs. In order to fill their bodies up to the recommended amount, bees must visit 2,500 lavender flowers for 3.5 seconds each. That means lavender would take about 145.8 minutes or 2.43 hours to collect a teaspoonful of nectar.

Honey bees visit many flowers in the garden to gather nectar. Lavender in a garden is no exception. When in bloom, honey bees visit this plant to collect nectar for honey. It spreads readily and can grow in any area. Honey bees have very specific preferences. Honey bees prefer higher-quality lavender plants over lower-quality lavender plants, but the same flowers can attract the same pollinators.

Although lavender is not the most efficient nectar-producing plant, it does attract many varieties of bees. The scent and vibrant color of lavender are highly attractive to bees. The flowers are attractive enough to attract both honeybees and bumblebees, two types of bees. Bees will also visit lavender plants early in the day, when the nectar is freshest.

Honey bees are attracted to lavender because of its fragrance. Since lavender flowers contain more nectar, bumblebees can visit them more easily than honey bees. Honey bees, on the other hand, require them to jam their head inside the flower in order to collect nectar. Honey bees are also much more selective when choosing which flowers to visit, and lavender is one of their favorites.