Bees play an extremely important role in nature, their existence is a key point in a healthy planet and consequently the survival of humanity. They are responsible for pollinating a big part of plants, which include fruit and veggies trees. The estimation is that they pollinate from 75 to 85 percent of the crops consumed by humans. It is not news that there has been a decrease in the bee population and other pollinators. Caused by factors that I won’t get into here today because today we are here to talk about good things related to bees.
Something you can do to help them have a good supply of nectar and also make your garden more beautiful at the same time. Plant bee-friendly flowers. Flowers for bees, flowers are really important for bees and other pollinators, their nectar and pollen offer the bees what is needed for them to thrive and create nesting habitats. If you grow a good variety of flowers good for bees, you will be able to offer them a buffet of nectar and pollen for a big range of different bee species. What flowers do bees like? Stick around and I will give you information about flowers bees love.
The first thing you want to have in mind related to organizing your bee garden is to know your garden in order to be able to determine what kind of plant will work best if full-sun perennials or perennials are better in shade.
How to Grow Flowers to Attract Bees
Choose flowers that are single and open. The ones where you are able to see the center of it, these types offer bees easy access to the nectar and pollen. Depending on the time of the year different bees will have their active time. Some of them come out o hibernation quite early, even in February, while another type will still be flying in November. So in order to give bees the best possibility of thriving, it is important that you try and have flowers blooming from the end of winter all the way through fall. If it’s possible to have them all year even better.
Another very good way to assist bees is to plant spring-blooming bulbs during the autumn time so when spring arrives they are in full power. Bulbs are very reliable strong plants that will be an assurance of a good source of nectar and pollen for the bees when there might not be so much available in flower.
Another good idea is to plant wild and native flowers. Since will flowers and bees have evolved side by side, you can be quite sure that native wildflowers will be able to supply bees with a great source of pollen and nectar.
If you are really into helping out the bees, creating a good habitat for them means that a very clean organized garden will not offer the raw material factor that wild bees will need to build their nests. If it is possible for you to offer them just a small area with a brush pile, places with some dry grass and reed, and deadwood. An area with mud will offer a great material the mason bees can you for nesting, for example.
Single or Double?
The best flowers to attract bees are single flowers, the ones that have one petals ring, those tend to provide a bigger amount of pollen and nectar than double flowers. The majority of double flowers are not so useful considering that their big amount of petals make it harder for the bees to reach the center of the flower which is where the good stuff for them is, nectar and pollen. Dahlias and roses have many times been bred in a way to give them double flowers and having so many petals make it hard for bees to arrive where they need. So basically the idea is to go for the single flowers, there are many beautiful types of this kind that you can choose from.
Choosing the Color and Flowers
Another important factor is the color of the flowers. Bees are really into purple, yellow, and blue, so since they appeal more to them I suggest you go for those colors. Daisies, asters, Queen Anne’s lace, and zinnias have more flat and shallow blossoms which are great for attracting a good variety of bees. Plants of the mint family, oregano, salvia, nepeta, lavender, and mint will be attractive to long-thonged bees. Flowers that have nectar spurs that are hidden like monkshood, monarda, snapdragons, columbine, and larkspur are good for the long-tongued bumblebees. Flowers that have a tubular shape are also great, honeysuckles, foxgloves, and penstemons for example. So here I have already made a list of flowers that attract bees.
Very Important Information
The use of pesticides must really be avoided. Most pesticides, even the ones that are organic, are very toxic for bees and other pollinators. One of the reasons why there has been such a decrease in their population. Cultural techniques can be used for the control of pests, things like row covers, crop rotation. Nontoxic techniques like handpicking or trapping.
More Names of Flowers That Attract Bees
Feel like you know more now about what flowers do bees like? Some I have already mentioned above, but I will give you others so you leave here having good knowledge.
Springtime flowers for bees:
Rosemary, Pulmonaria, Crocus, Bugle, Crab apple, flowering cherry and currant, Hawthorn, Primrose, Rhododendron, Bluebell, and Forget-me-not.
Beginning of summertime flowers good for bees:
Comfrey, Foxglove, Geranium, Snapdragon, Teasel, Verbascum, Thyme, Hollyhock, Campanula, Delphinium, Stachys, and Potentilla.
End of summertime best flowers for bees:
Cardoon, Eryngium, Heather, Lavender, Penstemon, Scabious, Verbena, Buddleja, Cornflower, Aster, Sedum, and Ivy.
I hope this article has been informative for you. And wish that you will have a good time with all these beautiful flowers while contributing to such an important cause which is the preservation of the life of bees.
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