Bee-friendly to your local pollinators!
Bees are extremely valuable, and we rely on them to pollinate a large portion of the world´s plants. Almost everything we eat is because of the hard work of bees. In recent years, bee populations have been severely declining. Here´s how you can do small things to help! Whether you live in a home or an apartment, these plants can be planted outdoors in planters to help assist bee and pollinator communities. Growing from seed is a good option as well. Bees enjoy a different range of flowers. On top of these helpful plants, we also recommend not using pesticides or herbicides. Most of the same plants that help bees, also help other pollinators like butterflies, which have been declining in recent years as well.
For the Bees
Spring: Blueberry, Crabapple, Cotoneaster, Cranberry, Crocus, Foxglove, Heliotrope, Hazelnut, Heather, Primrose, Willow.
Summer: Blackberry, Cat Mint, Catnip, Chives, Dahlia, Hyssop, Lavender, Rasberry, Sunflower, Yarrow
Fall: Aster, Borage, Coneflower, Cornflower, Cosmos, Goldenrod, Pumpkin, Sedum, Squash.
Some other herb options include Calendula, sage, and basil. Bees are especially attracted to bright colored flowers, like daisies, geraniums, roses, and poppies. Some of their favorite trees include fruit trees!
Another thing you can do is make a little bee bath for bees to drink. You can make a bee bath simply by filling a shallow bowl or a small container, and putting some rocks, twigs, or even flower petals (for them to land on.) Place this in your garden, and be sure to clean out the water for them on a regular basis.
For the other Pollinators (butterflies, hummingbirds, caterpillars)
There are more than just these listed above. Wildflowers are always a beautiful touch of color that not only enhance the beauty of your environment, but also help pollinator communities.
You can also set up a small hummingbird feeder using artificial nectar. These are popular, and hummingbirds very much enjoy them!
Feel free to add more to this list below in the comment section.
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