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Top 10 Plants To Encourage Bees To Your Garden

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2. Apple Trees – A favourite source of nectar for honey bees, who will pollinate your fruit crop at the same time as feeding – it’s a true win-win! Planting more fruit trees at home will also save some food miles.

3. Borage (Borago officinalis) – also known as “Starflower” due to it’s pretty five-petalled flowers, this is an annual herb. It can self-seed readily in cultivated ground so shouldn’t need to be planted again every year. The leaves are edible as are the vivid blue flowers, which look great in a salad! It is a favourite of honey bees and many species of bumble bee.

4. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) – A fantastic plant that will attract a variety of bees to your garden. It can also be made into a rich compost or liquid fertiliser that is high in potassium, ideal for promoting the growth of fruit and flowers. It’s sometimes used to make an ointment that aids healing of bones and soft tissue, hence it’s old name “Knitbone”.

5. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) – another easy to grow plant that will thrive in a border and can be used as a ground-cover plant. As well as feeding bees your clover will fix nitrogen from the air and feed the soil. Red Clover Tea is rich in nutrients and is said to have many medicinal benefits, especially during menopause.

6. Bee balm (Monarda spp.) – An edible plant of the mint family, this can be used to make tea, salad or dried flowers but make sure you leave enough for the bees and butterflies! If you’re lucky enough to be in an area that has hummingbirds, this flower is one of the best to bring them in to your garden.

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  • By Jorge, November 24, 2013 @ 10:45 am


  • By JoseJardim, November 24, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

    Nice article, thanks.

  • By Tammy, December 27, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    As a caveat, people should be reminded to plant what is native to their area to discourage the spread of invasive species. Thanks!

  • By Stacey, December 27, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    I grew broccoli this year and didn’t harvest it in time, the flowerettes opened, and the bees really seemed to love it, especially the bumble bees. I left it until the fall, full bloom, and the bees came daily until I cleaned out the garden befor the frost.

  • By C. J., December 28, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    Caryopteris “Dark Knight”
    All lavenders, but especially “Malissa”

  • By Angela, January 12, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    I have comfrey growing already because I love the flowers and I know the bees love it. I plan to put in more. I was wondering where there was more information on making that compost/liquid fertilizer metioned in the listing. I’d like to try that.

  • By Polly, February 4, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

    Here in Las Vegas, the bees love my bottlebrush trees (a type of melaleuca alternafolia) rosemary and lavender bushes.

  • By Mary, April 21, 2014 @ 9:06 pm

    I have a huge avocado tree which is abuzz with bees this time of year. Harvest time is Aug/Sept. They are easy to grow if you live south of central Florida.

  • By Caz Owens, January 23, 2016 @ 6:02 am

    So glad to find this information and know I am going well as an organic rose and flower farmer. Roses, lavender, rosemary and basil keep my bees very happy but so much more to plant. My first year of Organic Rose Honey 🍯 happy bees happy me πŸ’

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