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A gift from Mother Nature.
Bees can be called that and rightly so. They are pollinators that help plants in your garden bear fruit. If it were not for bees, 30 percent of the world’s food would have trouble growing.
Imagine missing out on apples, blueberries, almonds, oranges, and cucumbers among others. Scary thought, isn’t it? But it’s easy to avoid this problem. We just need to attract bees to our garden and there are some plants that bees love to pollinate.
What are the plants that will attract bees to your garden?
The plants you can grow in your garden depend on the soil and climate of your area.
Bees are attracted to flowers based on the color, shape, and texture. They prefer flowers that are white, blue, yellow, and pink in color. They also find flowers with easy access to pollen and nectar attractive.
Honeybees may find flowers from the regions of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and South America attractive. But native bees would prefer flowers that grow native to your region.
Annuals are plants that grow in plenty during the season producing a lot of flowers and seeds. But at the end of the season, they die. They are attractive to bees because they produce a lot of flowers which means lots of pollen and nectar.
Annuals can be hardy or tender. The hardy ones can grow in a cold climate so they do great at the beginning of spring or in autumn. The tender ones prefer the warm weather so make sure to grow them after the last frost date. So grow them in spring or summer.
The annuals need good friable soil, suitable weather, and water to grow well. Make use of compost if you want to have plenty of flowers blooming.
Some hardy and half-hardy annuals include bachelor button, black-eyed Susan, blanket flower, borage, California poppy, Honeywort, Pincushion flower, and Viper’s bugloss.
Some tender annuals include:
- Mexican sunflower
- Spider flower
Perennials are plants that can grow for several years, unlike annuals that grow for a particular season.
Of course, this depends on the climate in your region. If it’s too cold, perennials will act as annuals and die in the cold season.
If you have warm weather, perennials can live for several years before you need to plant them again. Or they may die to the ground in winter and come back again in spring.
Some of them can have more than one blooming seasons. They may bloom in spring, take a break midsummer, and bloom again in fall.