When you choose to create a pollinator garden in your home or community, you're not only building a gorgeous sanctuary for humans -– you’re doing your part to help honeybees and other pollinators as well! Pollinator gardens planted without pesticides or fungicides increase the health of surrounding honey bee hives, and ensure all bees have a healthy food source year-round.
We’ve listed some bee-loved plants that attract bees and thrive in many different environments.
- Lavender – Lavandula spp.
- Rosemary – Rosemarinus officinalis
- Sage – Salvia spp.
- Coneflower – Echinacea spp.
- Sunflower – Helianthus spp.
- Redbud – Cercis spp.
- Catnip – Nepeta spp.
- Penstemon – Penstemon spp.
- Lamb’s Ear – Stachys spp.
- Verbena – Verbena spp.
- Bells of Phacelia – Phacelia spp.
- Aster – Aster spp.
- Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia spp.
- Oregano – Origanum spp.
- Yarrow – Achilliea millefolium
Don't forget, many plants that are food for pollinators are food for humans as well! For example, rosemary, verbena and oregano are commonly used in cooking, and make a fantastic addition to an herb garden. Helping pollinators helps everyone –- and looks bee-autiful at the same time.
Want a longer list of plants pollinated by bees? For pollinator-preferred plants that are specific to your region, enter your postal code into this fantastic tool. Need a resource for organic seeds? Visit Organic Seed Finder. Want to garden without pesticides, we have info on that. And of course we have "the 101s" of becoming a backyard beekeeper.
Information gathered from the Pollinator Partnership