Flowers That Attract Bees

To Your Garden

Low-maintenance lamb’s ear can get by with nearly dry conditions after established, and deer and rabbits leave the stems alone for the bees to enjoy.

Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantina)

Butterfly bush, as its name implies, attracts butterflies because its large, bright flowers are chock full of nectar. The flowers appeal to bees, too.

Butterfly Bush  (Buddleja davidii)

Grape hyacinth is one of the most fragrant blooms in the early spring garden, so it’s no wonder that bees come buzzing to these bulbs!

Grape Hyacinth  (Muscari armeniacum)

They range in height from 8 inches to 5 feet with narrow “rays” in shades of purple, pink, and white.

Aster (Aster spp.)

The fact that two native cleomes both go by the name of bee plant—Rocky Mountain Bee Plant and Yellow Bee Plant—indicates how much of a Cleopatra cleome is for those insects.

Cleome (Cleome spp.)

Keep in mind the pollen on single blooms is usually easier for pollinators to access than that on fancier double blooms.

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Use it as a low-growing bedding plant near taller flowers for contrast.

Sweet Alyssum  (Lobularia maritima)

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