During the spring and summer you will notice many bees in the flower gardens. Bees love bee balm, cosmos, Echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer. I have many of these flowers throughout my flower bed gardens. As for the fall season zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers.
Bees need to store up pollen and nectar to survive winter hibernation. The first step to having fall blooming flowers is planting your flowers in the spring!
A few fall blooming flowers are Basil, Borage, and Lemon Balm.
Basil can be left to flower in the fall, attracting many kinds of pollinators. It will also allow you to collect your own seeds! (I have several Basil plants planted in flower pots and throughout my garden.)
Borage, also called ‘bee bush’ is a self-seeding annual that will enchantment any garden area with an abundance of star-shaped purple flower that will bloom all season long and delight the bees. It will grow best in full sun.
Lemon Balm: is a delightful plant in the mint family. Its fall flowers will attract many pollinators in the fall. Although mints tend to take over an area with runners, lemon balm simply expands by clumping. It can easily be divided and spread around the garden. I love to grow it near vegetables, for the lemon scent repels pests, and it can be cut to use as fertilizer. It also makes the most wonderful tea.
These flowers above are just the beginning to create a fall blooming Bee garden, you can visit this helpful website to learn more about bees and planting for them.
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4 thoughts on “Gardening with Bees”
I love lemon balm!
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It’s one of my favorites 🙂
Never heard borage called “bee bush” before. Very interesting. I’ll have to watch it more carefully to see if the bees actually do visit it often. It’s in my potager interior border near the Lavender Slope, so it has lots of competition.
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My great aunt had this plant and several bees would surround it daily. If was really cool to see.