Making bees happy is an easy task and a fun way to create a garden that attracts these beneficial insects. A happy bee garden promotes overall environmental health as honeybees are on a drastic decline lately. In order to make a happy bee garden you need to plant flowers they love, provide a water source, and provide a little shelter when it gets hot out. Here is a quick guide to make your bees happy and get them to come back to your garden all year to pollinate your flowers and vegetables.
The best way to attract bees to your garden is to plant wildflowers that are native to your area. One thing to remember is that the honey produced from one swarm of bees is directly related to the types of flowers that they are helping to pollinate in that specific geographic area. What’s interesting is that even a bee hive located a few miles down the road will have honey that tastes different. Happy bees have a diversity of plants and flowers to choose from. Make sure to not only to plant native wildflowers but go ahead and mix in other gardening favorites.
Flowers that have a single row of petals are more attractive to bees as they are easier for them to get the nectar from. Many layers of petals are harder for the honeybees and they don’t visit them as often. The single petal flowers also have more pollen than other flowers, which provides more food for the honeybees.
Bees are naturally attracted to certain colors more than others. They gravitate towards yellow, white, blue, and purple flowers. Of course they will pollinate others, but these colors are their favorites. Another thing to remember is to plant flowers that bloom at different times of the year so the bees will have a reason to come back to your garden all year long. Bees are hungry and spend the majority of their time in search for nectar.
If you live in the colder regions of Canada & the US, a happy bee garden would include flowers like Crocuses, Foxglove, Geraniums, Hyacinths, Roses, and Lilacs. Bees love to pollinate fruits and vegetable plants as well and will visit blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and peas.
In areas where there are milder winters with warm summers, these bees prefer Asters, Black-Eyed Susans, Clovers, Cosmos, Crocuses, Daylilies, Foxglove, Geraniums, Marigolds, Roses, and Zinnias. Make the bees happy by also planting strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and cherry trees.
The hottest zones in the southern US states also have a great collection of native bees. The bees in the south like the nectar from Cosmos, Dahlias, Geraniums, Hibiscus, Hollyhocks, Marigolds, Poppies, Roses, Sunflowers, and Zinnias and even most cacti. Don’t forget to plant watermelons, squash plants, pumpkins, cucumbers, and their absolute favorite are citrus trees!
Great ideas! Cant wait til spring to get the garden going again…so relaxing and nothing like fresh veggies!
Now that we live way out of the city, we can plant for the bees! Looking forward to it this spring/summer!
Very cute. I like these ideas.
This is a great post. I am hoping that many more people will take notes on how to keep the bees happy. My Father-in-law is a commercial beekeeper and if we don’t do something for the bees we are going to be in big trouble.
I have been noticing which plants they visit and have been encouraging their spread – it’s great to see in a garden
Great ideas! My teen is petrified of bees so this would have to be further out in the yard.
Love love this idea!! definitely going to be doing it this summer. bees are so important and too many people don’t realize that!
What a great post it helps me to know what flowers are best to attract our Bees that are in so much trouble. Alot of their problems are due to things like pesticides and loss of wildflowers due to building etc. Without the Bee we would be in big trouble and gardens like you have described are more of what we need. Awesome post Thank you
Thanks for the wonderful idea and we all should play our part in helping out the bees after all we do need them and although I am not a great gardener I still love to get my hands dirty :0
great picture.I can not wait til summer so that I can start planting flowers.
If I could we woul have bee hives but the kids and hubby are afraid they will get stung. I dont have that fear since I grew up around beehives. This year I have planted sunflowers marigolds lavender and put out sugar water for them in winter. we have a lot of native trees and luckily have quite a few bees visiting us. I love it. I have quite a few cactii too 🙂
NICE! I too would like to have hives but we live in an area with lots of bears and some local hives were raided – I’d hate to get attached to the hives and then loose them to the honey seeking furry ones!