Planting perennials that are known to attract bees into your flower beds and yard can be an effective way to create a bee-friendly yard that is both functional and attractive.

Check out these perennials and create a buzz around town about your garden.

Lavender

Lavender not only adds a great smell into your garden but it can also attract bees into it too! The many benefits of lavender do not stop there. There are medical uses, it makes a great bug repellant and it is a great summer bloomer. Lavender has many properties in it that can promote healing and fight germs adding to its many uses. Plant it near your edible garden or on a border to keep some pests away and at the same time attract bees that can pollinate your edibles! If you want multiple bloom times with lavender you can prune them back after a blooming cycle and this will help promote more blooms adding cycles throughout the summer!

Take care of your lavender by placing it in full sun, well-drained soil, trim after each bloom cycle, and water them deeply (so it really gets all the roots) but infrequently. They can take some dryness.

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Delphinium

Delphiniums are known for their showy spikes in the summer. They come in shades of blues, pinks and purples that really add a pop of color into your perennial beds. The great part about them is that the bees love finding pollen within their blooms. With their tall blooms you can plant them towards the back of your flower beds or containers. It is best if you can put them next to something that provides support so that the wind or a hard rain does not make the beautiful blooms fall over.

Take care of your Delphinium by providing 6 to 8 hours of sun per day, keep it well watered, and you may need to stake the taller varieties because they can be top heavy.

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Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan)

Bees and Butterflies love Rudbeckia for its flatter flower. It provides a good place for them to land when searching for pollen or nectar. If you are looking for a splash of color in borders, containers or as a filler in your flower bed Rudbeckia is a great choice!

Take care of your Rudbeckia by providing a sunny location and well-drained soil. Keep in mind that they like dryer ground over soggy ground and love airflow so that powdery mildew does not collect.

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Japanese Anemone

Anemone makes for a great container plant! With blooms popping out in early spring they can add a great splash of color when there might not be a lot to choose from yet. Bees really appreciate these early bloomers when pollen is hard to come by they can always count on them!

Take care of your Anemone by making sure it is in a spot with at least four hours of sun, and in well-drained soil (containers are awesome).

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Nepeta (Catmint)

Catmint is a plant that you can always count on to have bees buzzing around. They look great planted in a mass together or along the border of your flower bed. Catmint is a natural bug repellant that keeps aphids and beetles away. By planting them closely to something that is prone to getting aphids, you are one step ahead of them!

Take care of your Catmint similarly to how you would lavender. They need a hard pruning in late fall to get rid of the old summer growth. Full sun and well-drained soil is preferred.

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Coreopsis

Coreopsis makes for great flowy pops of color in your garden. One of the reasons that pollinators love this blooming plant is the bright colors it offers. Bees love the yellow, red, orange, and pink options. With their flat blooms they have a great resting place for bees while they soak in the pollen.

Take care of your Coreopsis by planting it in full sun with well-drained to moist soil. Hint: they are a good plant for an area in your yard that might not drain well or is a lower spot where water can collect while watering.

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All of these perennials make for great bee pollinating plants because of their bright colors and the shape of their flowers. Fill your garden with these bee attracting perennials and it will be buzzing with life and full of very happy bees!

More Resources!

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