Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds… OH MY!!

Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds…OH MY!! These beautiful creatures are so important to our environment. Without them pollination of crops won’t occur and without pollination of crops we won’t have food to eat and if we don’t have food to eat…well…you get the gist.  So, when you are planning your garden try adding a few of these plants to your garden.

Borage 

Used for medicinal purposes, having anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic effects.    Borage is also an important honey bee plant. Giving off a bright blue flower this plant is sown  during early spring, flowering mid-summer to early fall. Leaves have a subtle cucumber scent.

Echinacea

Also known as Purple Coneflower. This perennial is guaranteed to attract the bees and the butterflies. Flowering in midsummer to late fall. These popular purple flowers are easy to grow, drought tolerant and a beautiful addition to your flower garden.

Black Eyed Susan

Showy perennial and easy to grow, daisy-like, bright yellow-gold flowers attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Seed heads attract finches and other birds later in the season. Very drought tolerant. Will even grow in poor soil.

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

Large daisy-like flowers range from gold to dark red to brown. These plants are easy to grow, tolerates heat and cold, dry climates and poor soil. Flowering starts in early summer and flowering continues until fall.

Knee High Sweet Pea Mix

Easy to grow! Sow in early spring. Fragrant and colorful blooms that are really eye catching to bees!

Fennel

Known for its aroma and flavor also attracts bees, butterflies and seed eating birds.

Snapdragons

Snapdragons should be seeded indoors 10 weeks before your areas last frost. Sunny rich soil. Snapdragons give off four times more scent than other flowers which draws bees and hummingbirds to them.

Chives

Relative to the onion, plant these in your flower bed or your herb garden. Bees and butterflies will gather to its lavender flower poms. Plant this perennial in the spring and enjoy the flowers in mid-summer.

Sunflowers

Annual with disk-shaped flowers that turn toward the sun as they grow. The large blooms give bees large opportunity for foraging nectar and pollen. Leave plants standing as a ready-made bird feeder in late-summer to fall.

 

Clover

Plant in spring, summer, or fall. Fast growing. Grown for a cover crop but bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds attract to these lovely flowers.  Crimson Clover and White Dutch Clover produce heavy nectar yields.

 

 

Calendula

One of the most popular and easiest to grow annuals. Large, colorful, yellow and orange double blossoms are borne on strong, tall stems. Attractive, dark green foliage. Plants thrive under cool, sunny conditions. Performs well in beds, borders, and containers. This flower comes back every year and provides nectar for the bees and butterflies, even the hummingbirds have been seen fluttering around these beautiful blooms.