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19 Flowers to Add to Your Bee Garden

What do you do when you need bees to keep your crops healthy, but don’t seem to have a large enough population nearby? Create a garden! Adding flowers such as hawksbeard and charlock mustard to the area can attract bees to your plants [1].

It is well known that bees are a necessary and beneficial part of gardening and farming. Many locations, however, have been experiencing a declining population for a variety of reasons.

Here’s a list of other flowers that attract bees.

1. Bee Balm

Bee Balm - Flowers to Add to Your Bee GardenThis North American native flower should be a must-have on any farm looking to attract a healthy bee population.

One of the best plants for bees, bee balm grows easily in most climates and will flower vigorously throughout the summer.

It can be grown from seeds as well as plant cuttings. Be sure to 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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Another one that is native to North America, this beautiful flower is extremely popular among pollinators.

The sedum family, of which stonecrop belongs, is easy to establish and will generously prosper almost anywhere you plant it.

This perennial will give you plenty of colors and will attract many pollinators.

They grow from seeds and can be planted in almost any type of soil.

3. Stonecrop (Sedum)

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

One of the many nice things about sedum is that there are so many different varieties, that you’re pretty much guaranteed to find one that will thrive in your climate and growing space.

Stonecrop seeds can be purchased online. Most of the varieties prefer full sun and are resilient in hot temperatures and drought conditions.

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, these perennials attract large populations of pollinators due to their high amounts of both pollen and nectar.

Because it has received a bad (and false rap) as being a weed that causes allergies, goldenrod is not the most common plant.

However, if you add them to your landscaping you will enjoy beautiful flowers in summer and fall, as well as a large increase in your local population.

5. Butterfly Bush

Butterfly BushThis beautiful, flowering, purple bush is a bee and butterfly magnet.

These plants also attract hummingbirds and can be found in additional colors such as blue, orange, and white.

Depending on your climate, it may grow as a bush or as a tree. It does prefer 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)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)The purple coneflower is guaranteed to attract pollinators through its entire flowering season.

These flowers for bees will grow tall and can thrive even in less-than-ideal soil and conditions.

Purchase Echinacea seeds online.

7. Joe-Pye Weed

Joe-Pye WeedAlthough not actually a weed, this perennial 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 they can survive in partial shade, they most prefer a sunny spot in your yard.

8. Lavender

LavenderA fragrant and colorful addition to any home or farm, lavender is also very successful at attracting bumble bees, honey bees, and other pollinators.

The herb blooms during spring and summer and can be grown year-round if you have a fairly mild climate. 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 type 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).

Snowdrops prefer partial shade and nutrient-rich soil, so planting them under a tree that drops its leaves is an easy option.

10. Crocus

CrocusCrocus makes an early appearance in the season.

They can be found in blues, purples, and yellows, and make quite the statement in your yard.

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

11. Sunflowers

SunflowersDo sunflowers attract bees? Yes, they do.

Not only are they beautiful and fascinating to look at, but sunflowers are also excellent for attracting pollinators to your farm.

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

12. Cranesbills (Geranium rozanne)

CranesbillsCranesbills belong to the geranium family and have a long flowering season [2], taking a break only in winter.

These plants will need either full or partial sun and 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. 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.

It is a biennial that lives 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 fairly low-maintenance.

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 an excellent option.

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 dirt 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 flowers that bees love to your garden will help attract them almost year-round.

It’s still important to remember, however, that variety will most favor your friends, so be sure to spice up how and where you grow them.

Also try to avoid pesticides and herbicides, as these can negatively impact your local bee population.

With that being said, add some of (or all) or these pollinating flowers to your farm, and both you and the bees will be happier.

Sasha Brown

Blogger and lover of all things natural.

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