Bee Attracting Garden

bees2Like other pollinators, bees play an essential role in producing the foods we eat. Gardeners can return the favor by keeping the bees well fed.

Remember: Your yard and garden are part of the ecosystem. The choices you make can mean better success for vital pollinators like bees.

Choosing plants that bloom in succession means bees will have reliable food sources for many months. Plant nectar-rich flowers in clumps and provide fresh water, and the bees won’t want to leave!

At Rohsler’s, we recommend extending the bloom in your bee garden with late winter/early spring bloomers like Hellebores, Eranthis, Crocuses, and Snowdrops. Add Coreopsis, Scabiosa, Panicum grass species, and Culver's Root (Veronicastrum) to keep the bloom going throughout the summer. Be certain to include late-season favorites like Japanese Anemones, Asters, Allium thunbergii "Ozawa," Joe-Pye Weed, Hardy Ageratum, and Stonecrop.

In the herb garden, remember to plant Chives, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Lemon Balm, and Lavender. These plants are great for the bees – and you!

Bees are partial to several tree varieties, including Apple, Redbud, Black Locust, Tulip (a/k/a Yellow Poplar), Willow, and Linden. Blackberry, Strawberry, Snowberry, Huckleberry, and Blueberry plants are also preferred foods for the bees.

You may also want to try Zinnias, Cosmos, Purple Coneflower, and Bee Balm, of course!


Rohsler's Allendale Nursery
100 Franklin Tpke
Allendale, NJ 07401-2231