Let Your Garden Bee Friendly
If you’re planning on planting a garden, then don’t forget about the bees. There is nothing like the sound of bees flitting about a garden to make it feel like it is alive and well. One thing all bees have in common is that they like flowers, especially certain types of flowers. When you plant them, they are sure to get noticed by the bees, and the bees will do the rest. However, it's not only about the bees. When bees arrive in your garden, the chances of increasing fruit and vegetable production go up. In fact, fruits and vegetables like pumpkins, cucumbers, cherries, apples, blueberries, etc. depend on bees for reproduction. The following are some plants that not only help attract bees but will look good in the garden.
Lilacs: with their purple color and great fragrance, lilacs will enhance the beauty of a garden, as well as attract bees. Lilacs generally grow in bunches on a stem, resembling a bouquet. This is what gives them their amazing eye-catching appeal. When planting them, choose a spot where the plant will get plenty of sun, and the soil drains well. Also, remember not to plant anything close to the plant since they tend to grow into bushes, over time.
Honeysuckle: Honeysuckles are well-known plants and do not need much introduction. The flowers resemble certain types of orchids and have a powerful fragrance. There are two different varieties of honeysuckle plants, shrubs and vines. If you want to plant a few in one area, then go for the shrubs, if you want a climber to drape the house or an archway, then go with vine variety.
Herbs: Have you been thinking about planting an herb garden? The good news is that certain herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary, and sage attract bees. The best thing to do is to grow them in a pot, especially oregano since it tends to spread out and take over your garden space. Herbs tend to like a lot of sunlight and well-drained soil.
Lavender: lavender come in several varieties, and they are a big hit with the bees as well. These beautiful plants with their small purple flowers can be grown in several different ways, depending on the space you have to work with. You can grow them in pots, flowerbeds or just about anywhere in your garden. If you are thinking about attracting bees, then go for more prominent bushier varieties. Like many other smaller plants, lavender does not like soil that stays wet for long periods.
Hyacinth: If you want to turn your garden into instant eye candy, not only for bees but for humans as well, then go for the hyacinth. If the flowers look a bit familiar to you, then it’s not a coincidence. That is because hyacinths belong in the Lilly/onion family. The reason for their eye-catching presence is that the plant will have a vertical stem producing many flowers on it. Hyacinths are also available in different colors such as purple, pink, and white.
Bee Balm: The name says it all and if you want to attract bees to your garden, but want to keep things simple, then you need to plant bee balm. Once you plant bee balm and it starts flowering, you will understand why this plant was named for bees. These plants are not picky when it comes to the type of soil it has been planted on.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
Attracting bees to your garden is not only about planting the right flowers. It is also about the environment. The following are some of the main things to do to help attract your winged friends.
- Make water available for them. You can even provide a float in the water, such as a piece of wood for them to land on.
- Bees prefer patches of flowers as opposed to a single or a few flowers. Plant the flowering plants in three by three-foot patterns at a minimum
- Keep pesticides to a minimum. If you have to use it, then try and use less toxic, organic pesticides
- As much as possible plant flowering plants that bloom at different times of the year. This will attract many different varieties of bees
The fact is, growing a bee-friendly garden is not very difficult. The plants will be happy and so will you and anyone who takes a look at your garden. You will also get a garden that seriously enhances its face value, and make some honey on the side, to boot.