The Bee Garden

Bee attracting plants are both beautiful and useful. Bees are not especially attracted to fragrant flowers but have a marked preference for those of blue colour. Bees like flowers on which they can land and poke around. They have good colour vision preferring blue and yellow. They cannot see red but they can see ultraviolet.

flowers and plants for beesAttract bees with juniper, fennel, hyssop, anise, lime flowers, bee balm, snowdrops, crocus, scilla, hepatica, early primrose, cowslip, catkins, redbud, shadblow, salvia, skunk cabbage, rabbit brush, phacelias, snapdragons, rock spirea, Russian olive, wolfberry, privet, apple, pear, peach, plum, hawthorn, locust, basswood, tulip tree, orange trees, buckwheat, clovers, raspberry, milkweed, goldenrod, alfalfa, acacia, catnip, angelica, mints, thymes, violets, cornflower, sweet alyssum, sweet peas, sweet sultan, ambrosia, coreopsis, buddleia, zinnia, candytuft, viscaria, lupine, flowering currant, pennyroyal, tansy, lavender, rosemary, borage, sweet woodruff, bergamot, sage, winter savory, summer savory, basil, and heather.

Plants offensive to bees are leeks, onions and garlic. Plants poisonous to bees are mountain laurel, snow-on-the-mountain, andromedes, pieris, rhodendron, flowering tobacco, wild aster and boxwood.

Ensure you do not use any horticultural oils, pesticides and insecticides when any flowering perennial, shrub and/or tree is in bloom as they will mame or kill the bees. These poisons will then be taken back to the hive and affect the others adversely too.