Bee Friendly Plants

Plants to Help the Bees!

HPHA is looking for bee-friendly perennials to add to our garden. f you have some in your garden that you need to thin out - and that you would be interested in donating to HPHA - the bees would be grateful! We have a volunteer who can come to your home to remove the plants and replant them here at the farm. Contact Us !

Learn More about Beekeeping at the Farm!


What Bees Like

In the winter of 2006 the honey bee population began to die out. Since then, as much as 70% of some bee populations have died as a result of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Seventy farm grown crops, about one-third of our natural food supply, rely on honey bees for pollination. Imagine peanut better without jelly. If the honey bees disappear, so will the grapes and the strawberries, along with many of the other foods that have become not only favorites, but staples of the modern diet. You can help restore the honey bee population with a bee friendly garden.

It isn't difficult to make your yard, garden or even patio space a haven for beneficial bees. You'll be helping these important insects, as well as bringing more nature to your backdoor.

Honey Bee Friendly Plants. Attract and nourish honey bees with nectar producing plants. Wild flowers, including asters, goldenrod, sunflowers, even dandelions will provide food for the hives, and the native bee population as well. Plant flowering vegetables and fruits.

Plant Long Blooming Flowers or a variety of plants that will bloom at different times throughout the spring and fall. Honey bees need to eat until they retreat to their hives for the winter. Try to group at least ten bee plants in a bunch or grouping.

Honey Bees Need Water: Provide a pond, a fountain, or some other fresh water source. Not only do the bees need nectar, they need water as well.

Native bees will make their homes in sand. Provide a space in your garden for native bees to make their home. Native bees do not live in hives, but in single living units underground. Leave a space in your garden un-mulched for them to gain access and set up housekeeping. A pile of undisturbed sand will work as well.

No Pesticides or Herbicides. Do not use pesticides and herbicides. Some of them are toxic to bees, and some aren't. Many of them will leave a toxic residue for days or weeks. It is better to introduce good bugs to provide natural protection against pests, and to weed by hand

Following is a partial list of tried-and-true bee attractors:

Annuals

  • Asters
  • Calliopsis
  • Clover
  • Dandelions
  • Marigolds
  • Poppies
  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias

Perennials

  • Buttercups
  • Clematis
  • Cosmos
  • Crocuse
  • Dahlia
  • Echinacea
  • English
  • Ivy
  • Foxglove
  • Geraniums
  • Germander
  • Globe Thistle
  • Hollyhocks
  • Hyacinth
  • Rock Cress
  • Roses
  • Sedum
  • Snowdrops
  • Squills
  • Tansy
  • Yellow Hyssop

Garden Plants

  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumbers
  • Gourds
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Raspberries
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons
  • Wild Garlic

Herbs

  • Bee Balm
  • Borag
  • Catnip
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Fennel
  • Lavender
  • Mints
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Shrubs

  • Blueberry
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Button Bush
  • Honeysuckle
  • Indigo
  • Privet

Trees

  • Alder
  • American Holly
  • Basswood
  • Black Gum
  • Black Locust
  • Buckeyes
  • Catalpa
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Fruit Trees (especially Crabapples)
  • Golden Rain Tree
  • Hawthorns
  • Hazels
  • Linden
  • Magnolia
  • Maples
  • Mountain Ash
  • Sycamore
  • Tulip
  • Poplar
  • Willows



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