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 honeybee 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