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19 Plants That Attract Bees and Other Pollinators

Adding certain flowering plants to your garden can attract bees and other pollinators [1].

It is well known that bees and other helpful insects are necessary and beneficial for gardening. Bees pollinate plants, including vegetables and fruit trees. Therefore, it is important that we create a hospitable environment for them by planting bee-attracting plants.

Here’s a list of plants bees are attracted to.

1. Bee Balm

Bee Balm - Flowers to Add to Your Bee GardenBee balm is a must-have in any garden looking to attract a healthy bee population. One of the best plants for bees, it grows easily in most climates and will flower vigorously throughout the summer.

Bee balm can be grown from seeds as well as plant cuttings. However, be sure that you plant it in a nice sunny spot in the garden for it to be successful.

Purchase the seeds online.

2. Black-Eyed Susan

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This beautiful flower is a popular pollinator-attracting plant. The daisy family, of which Black-eyed Susan belongs, is easy to establish and will generously prosper almost anywhere you plant it.

This short-lived perennial will give you colors that attract butterflies and other pollinators. Moreover, they grow from seeds and you can plant them in a variety of soils.

3. Sedum

Stonecrop (Sedum) - Flowers to Add to Your Bee GardenThese low-maintenance succulents thrive easily with little care on your part. Sedum, also called stonecrop, will flower in early summer to late fall, attracting bees during that entire time.

One of the many nice things about sedum is that there is more than one variety. Therefore, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one that will thrive in your climate and growing space.

Additionally, they grow practically anywhere, in arid and moist soils.

You can utilize these pollinating flowers as eye-catching ground covers around trees or as a nice border in your garden.

4. Goldenrod

GoldenrodAmong the best flowers for bees and butterflies, these perennials attract large populations of pollinators due to their high amounts of both pollen and nectar.

Goldenrod is not the most common plant. However, if you add them to your landscaping, you will enjoy beautiful flowers in late summer and fall.

5. Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush Among the flowers that attract bees and butterflies, the butterfly bush also attracts hummingbirds. Moreover, you can find it in additional colors such as blue, orange, and white.

Depending on your climate, butterfly bush may grow as a bush or as a tree. However, this purple bush prefers the sun but can survive with partial shade as well.

It will require a bit of maintenance on your part but will be well worth the effort. They can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

6. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)The purple coneflower is guaranteed to attract pollinators through its entire flowering season. These bee pollinator flowers will grow tall and can thrive even in less-than-ideal soil and conditions.

Purchase the seeds online.

7. Joe-Pye Weed

Joe-Pye WeedNot actually a weed, Joe-Pye Weed puts forth flowers that attract honey bees. Moreover, they will make a stunning addition to your garden, flowerbed, walkway, or wherever you plant it.

The plant comes in white or pink-purple varieties. Although these pollinating flowers can survive in partial shade, they most prefer a sunny spot in your yard.

8. Lavender

LavenderA fragrant and colorful plant for pollinators, lavender is very successful at attracting bumble bees, honey bees, and other beneficial insects.

The herb blooms during spring and summer and can be grown year-round if you have a fairly mild climate. Besides, lavender can even tolerate poor soil and drought-like conditions.

You can plant them in the ground or in containers, and they’ll do well either way.

Purchase lavender seeds online.

9. Snowdrops

SnowdropsIf you’re looking for a flower that will be ready as soon as the pollinators are, snowdrops are an excellent variety to plant.

These honey bee flowers start blooming in late winter, sometimes even before the snow has melted (hence the name). However, snowdrops prefer partial shade and nutrient-rich soil.

10. Crocus

CrocusAmong the flowers that pollinate, Crocus makes an early appearance in the season. You can find them in colors including lavender, blue, purple, yellow, and white. Besides, they make quite a statement in your yard.

After planting the bulbs in early fall and providing plenty of water, you won’t need to do much to have these beautiful flowers thrive.

11. Sunflowers

SunflowersDo sunflowers attract bees? Yes, they are flowers that bees love. Not only are sunflowers beautiful and fascinating to look at, but they are also excellent for attracting pollinators.

Look for sunflower seeds that are native to your climate zone, and be sure to plant them after the last possible frost. They grow well in tropical and sub-tropical climates.

12. Cranesbills

CranesbillsCranesbills belong to the genus geranium and have a long flowering season, taking a break only in winter. However, these plants will need either full or partial sun.

Moreover, they will bloom in beautiful shades of pink, purple, or white.

To keep them healthy and attractive to pollinators for as long as possible, make sure they have water frequently but are not waterlogged. Also, prune the plants when necessary.

13. Catmint

CatmintContrary to what its name implies, catmint attracts bees and not cats.

Catmint is a heat- and drought-tolerant plant that can have a long growing season, especially if you trim it about halfway through.

The plant is characterized by its beautiful silver-tinged purple flowers.

Purchase catmint seeds online.

14. Foxglove

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Foxgloves have a tubular appearance and are very successful at attracting the bumblebee and other pollinators.

Moreover, they are biennial that live for two years and can succeed in most climates.

These vertical growers can be grown from seeds and do prefer well-fertilized soil with plenty of shade.

15. Borage

BorageA self-seeding annual, borage is not only pretty but also a fairly low-maintenance flower that attracts pollinators. Additionally, it is drought-resistant and can survive in many climates.

Not only are the blue-colored star-shaped flowers a nice addition, but the leaves are also edible raw, or steamed and will taste very similar to cucumbers.

Purchase borage seeds online.

16. Pansies

PansiesIf you plant pansies, you’ll enjoy their beauty from spring throughout the fall.

They grow from seeds and are available in a wide variety of colors. Pollinators love pansies and will thank you for planting them.

Pansies will need full sun and a fairly mild climate, but they will maintain themselves pretty easily once established.

17. Peony

PeonyFor a nice spring-through-summer flower that grows in most climates, peonies are excellent bees flowers.

They will need partial to full sun, and once established will emit a lovely fragrance attractive to bees as well as hummingbirds.

They also benefit from cold winters to help their bud formation but do be sure to keep them out of harsh winds.

18. Phlox

PhloxThis flower makes for a beautiful groundcover and an excellent addition to any farm hoping to attract more bees.

There are many different varieties, so it will be easy to find one that fits your purposes, growing area, and climate.

19. Nasturtium

NasturtiumWith edible blooms and vibrant colors, nasturtiums make a great addition to your home for you and the pollinators.

They do not need nice soil, so save the least-ideal soil for them and they’ll be just fine, as long as they get regular water.

These bee-friendly plants grow from seeds in most climates in the summer through late fall and will need full sun to thrive.

Purchase nasturtium seeds online.


Adding bushes, shrubs, or flowers that bees and pollinators love to or around your garden will help attract them almost year-round. With that said, plant some of these plants in your yard and garden, and both you and the bees will be happier.

Sasha Brown

Blogger and lover of all things natural.

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