Plants need pollinators, and honeybees are among the best. Without bees, there will be limited flowers in your yard and vegetables in your garden. Therefore, whether landscaping or preparing the kitchen garden, consider flowers that are best at attracting honeybees. Are you wondering which flowers will attract honeybees?
These 4 flowers are great at attracting honeybees.
Often referred to as the sweet alyssum plant, the flower features a lively fragrance, hence attractive to the honeybees. Naturalized in the US, Alyssum grows perfectly in a wide range of regions, including dry zones where other flowers cannot stand the excess heat. The bright flowers present a fantastic look providing you bright colors all year round. To grow correctly, the flowers require well-drained soil with moderate moisture levels. The plant is tolerant to various soil types and makes a cheerful accent all year long.
Plant the seeds in early spring. The seedbeds should be flat and leveled to provide adequate heat for consistent growth. Transplantation should be done after the danger of frost is gone, and only if the seedlings have shown real leaves and soil temperature is sufficient for optimal growth conditions.
Classified under the Hyssop family of herbs, Agastache is a flavorful flower commonly used in tea preparation. This striking plant does not only make delicious tea; gardeners have used it as a pollinator attractant. The flower does perfectly well if grown in zones with cooler climates. Ensure adequate exposure to direct sun and check the soil for proper drainage.
Agastache grows up to 6 feet tall and produces showy flowers in a variety of colors. If growing the plant, provide adequate water for the roots to become appropriately established.
The perennial flowering plant is also referred to as milkweeds because of the milky substance exuded where the plant’s cells are damaged. The Asclepias features an arrow-straight stem with funky looking oval leaves. The plant often grows in hot and dry areas. However, some species of Asclepias will grow in moist conditions. Therefore, the growth conditions will depend on the species you choose. Irrespective of the species, it is essential you provide ample sunlight for the plant to thrive. The most common species do well in average conditions characterized by dry and well-drained soil. The plant does not require special fertilizers or nutrition; hence it is easy to maintain.
Bees love poppies, although they do not produce sweet nectar. The poppies are a perfect source of pollen, and hence the reason they attract bees. Gardeners cultivate poppies from seed and grow them in gardens for ornamental use. There are various varieties of poppies grown around the country. Some gardeners prefer opium poppies because they are most attractive to the honeybees.
To attract honeybees to your yard or garden, create diverse plantings that bloom from early spring through late fall. Besides, consider the wildflowers and the native species to provide bees an excellent pollen and nectar source. Lastly, honeybees tend to be attracted to plants with single flowers as they offer more nectar than double flowers.