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Have a Bee Friendly Backyard! Grow plants that attract pollinators.

When people start keeping honeybees they tend to become more aware of plants that attract and feed pollinators. Your yard and garden should include plants that bloom through as many seasons as possible, this provides bees with a constant source of nectar and pollen.
For example:
March 16 bees are on crocus for pollen * Spring blooms of crocus, hyacinth, strawberries, bloodroot and daffodil
* In the summer bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons, foxglove, and hosta
* For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers

Select single flower tops rather than double flower tops such as single impatiens instead of double impatiens. Double headed flowers look showy but produce much less nectar and make it much more difficult for bees to access pollen.

Plant native flowers. Native flowers help feed your bees and are uniquely adapted to your region.

Rethink your lawn. Replace part of your lawn grass with white clover. Advantages of white clover are it stays green all summer with little or no watering, it requires little or no mowing and never needs fertilizer or herbicides, it grows well in poor soil and out-competes other weeds. In mixed grass-clover lawns, clover will reseed itself adequately to maintain a consistent presence. In pure clover lawns it may require reseeding every 2-3 years to maintain an even stand.

Goldenrod is an important fall crop for beekeepers Bees love spearmint

Here are some more plants for honey bees and native pollinators


Buckwheat Fagopyrum sagittatum
Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosia
New England Aster Aster novae-angliae
Joe-Pye weed Eupatorium fistulosum
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
Bee balm Monarda didyma
Canada Goldenrod Solidago canadensis
English Lavender Lavandula
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Purple coneflower Echinacea
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia
Anise Hyssop, Licorice Mint Agastache foeniculum
Cat-Mint Nepeta catarias
Marjoram Origanum
Rosemary Rosmarinus
Basil Ocimum
English Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Borage Borage officinalis
Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate Polygonum orientale
Cranesbill Geranium Geranium maculatum
Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae
Sunflowers helianthus

Shrubs and Small Trees

Staghorn sumac Ohus typhina
Pussy Willow Salix discolor
Common Elderberry Sambucus canadensis
Arrowwood viburum Viburnum dentatum
Kamchatka Bilberry Vaccinium praestans
American Winterberry Ilex verticillata
Speckled Alder and Gray Alder Alnus incana
Common Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea
Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus
Purpleflowering Raspberry Rubus odoratus L.

Land owners consider not mowing your land until after the frost!
Golden rod for pollinators
This field will feed a lot of honey bees and native pollinators.
mowed before bloom
This field has been mowed in the height of it's abundance. or 506-685-0176