Flowers That Attract Bees to Your Vegetable Garden

| 3/13/2014 10:55:00 AM

Tags: Bee Flowers, Herbs That Attract Bees, Karen Newcomb,

Karen NewcombHere in Northern California the almond blossoms are in full bloom. it won’t be long before other nut and fruit trees follow. Bulbs planted last fall have poked through the soil and are getting ready to bloom, some have already done so. Spring is my favorite time of the year. Spring came early this year, while the rains came late. In other parts of the country spring is just around the corner and now is the time to think about your vegetable garden.

There are a few things you need to think about before planting any flower that attracts the good guys. Don’t use pesticides, use local native plants if you can, plant flowers in groups, plant near the vegetable garden, or in the garden where you want to attract bees, and include flowers of different shapes and sizes.

Many flowers are edible as well bee attractors, so include some of these as well. Single petal blossoms attract the bees the most because there is more pollen and nectar than the double blossoms. Blue, purple and yellow flowers seem most appealing to beans. Flat or shallow blossoms attract more variety of bees. Long-tongued bees like flowers with hidden nectar. I’m also including herbs that have bee attracting flowers.


All photos are courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds,, unless noted otherwise.

Alyssum – Annual. Covered with white flowers.

3/23/2014 9:21:38 AM

Karen, great timing for your post. Even though the temperatures are still freezing at night my thoughts are strongly toward outside and gardening. We are starting to have more warm (60 degree) days than cold Winter days so it won't be long before Spring flowers will be blooming. I definitely would like to have more flowers mixed with vegetable plants this year. I've learned that companion planting doesn't necessarily mean different vegetables planted together but can mean flowers and vegetables planted together. You have give me some great ideas for the garden areas this year. Thanks for the post. ***** Have a great bee attracting flower day.

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