Planting a Bee Friendly Garden

Dan Pollinators, This Land of Ours

plantingCathy Isom has a few excellent tips on what to plant for a bee friendly garden. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

We all know by know that bee colonies are quickly disappearing. So it’s important to remember our favorite pollinating friends when planning and planting things that will keep them coming around and coming back for more.

The most beneficial and easiest plants for your garden are always natives. Flowering natives with open blooms are the best for bees. Check with your local nursery to find the ideal plants for your region. Single blossom plants are easier for bees to access. Such sas petunias, poppies, daisies, hollyhocks, geraniums, and old fashioned roses.

Bees have excellent color perception, so don’t be afraid to mix up your blooming color palate! Bees love herbs and they also love veggies, such as cucumbers, onions and chives. Melons, too. Nearly every fruit tree will attract bees when flowering. But some types, like Royal Gala Apple and Cherry trees, produce an abundance of bee friendly blooms.

I’m Cathy Isom…