Flowers that make your garden more bee friendly

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There are a number of plants with small, daisy-like flowers that are referred to as asters, but bees do not distinguish between varieties. They love them all! Some asters, such as New England asters, provide pollen and nectar in the cool fall months. This is a good thing because bees are still active even when the weather starts to get cold even after summer, which means they still need to feed even though the weather is starting to get cold.


Bee balm

Bee balm blossom
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Well, chances are that if a plant has the word “bee” in its name, bees will undoubtedly enjoy it. Enter bee balm flowers. These stunning perennials are related to the mint flower and come in a variety of shades including pink, violet and red, blooming from mid-summer to early fall.


Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan
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A sunny flower, the Black-eyed Susan is a hardy, hardy meadow plant that can withstand the heat of summer making it a staple in every backyard garden. Bees, in particular, love to feed on nectar and their pollen-filled centers. Bonus: Goldfinches will fly to Black-Eyed Susans in the fall to eat and feast on their seeds. Talk about a flower to enjoy in all seasons!

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Butterfly bush

Vibrant purple buddleia flower with monarch butterfly
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If you want to plant a flower that will not only make your garden bee-friendly, but also butterfly-friendly, plant a butterfly bush. These large shrubs are fast-growing deciduous shrubs, so they shed their leaves annually, but the lilac and pink flowers are completely irresistible to both bees and butterflies alike.



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Goldenrod is a perennial that grows again every year, so plant it once, then be done with it. Its bright yellow flowers add a pop of color to the late summer garden keeping bees buzzing as we head into early fall. This makes goldenrods another valuable food source for bees at the end of the summer season. Plus, they grow almost anywhere without any fuss. Goldenrods attract not only bees but also butterflies.



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Honeysuckle is incredibly popular garden flowers because they are so scented. This makes it a popular choice not only among gardeners, but also among bees. Keep in mind that honeysuckle flowers are climbers, so plant them in a place where they can be draped over some sort of support system to really shine and show off their natural beauty.

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Lavender field
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Lavender and its luscious scent may be known for its relaxing properties, but it’s also another flower that can make your garden more bee-friendly. This aromatic perennial herb blooms all summer long. Both the flowers and foliage are highly aromatic and come in a variety of colors including bluish lavender, deep indigo, lavender, light purple and sky blue.



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Lilacs are beautiful and available in shrubs and small trees depending on what you want to grow. They give off a sweet, floral scent in the spring that keeps bees and butterflies coming back to your backyard for more visits.



Poppy, close-up of red poppy flowers in a field
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These bright crepe flowers come in both annual and perennial versions and are another nectar-rich flower that attracts pollinating insects including bees.

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Snapdragons add a bright pop of color to any backyard garden. These hardy flowers provide food for bees in the colder months, and they have a lovely scent for you to enjoy too.



A close-up of a vibrant yellow sunflower also known as helianthus annus
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Sunflowers are cheerful, pollen-filled flowers, which means they provide a pollen playground for pollinators, including bees. Their almost flat petals provide an easy resting place for bees after a long flight. Sunflowers also attract birds and butterflies.


Wildflowers and native plants

Close-up of a beautiful summer wildflower meadow under the hazy sun
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Wildflowers and native plants are some of the best flowers and plants for bees. Ideally, every backyard bee garden should have at least a few wildflowers as a nice little border.

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