In recent years the decline of bee populations has raised a lot of concern, with more than 40% of honeybee hives lost by beekeepers last year.
Unfortunately, bees have been dwindling in numbers, and it’s directly related to a loss of wildflowers.
There are a lot of different reasons why this is happening, and it ranges from pesticides to natural causes. You may think of bees as nuisances, but without them, the food chain could seriously suffer.
Bees are very important when it comes to agriculture, and if their numbers continue to take a dive, millions of people will not get food. This is not stated to scare you, but rather to help you realize that without an increase in bee populations, dire consequences may loom.
There is hope for a brighter future, and it’s found in a simple idea, planting flowers that attract bees.
Consider the following top flowers to plant that will bring bees back again and again.
This flower is interesting in that it attracts bee many times over. Bees can visit these flowers often, coming back again and again for more nectar, as it is continually refilled.
One of the most unique flowering solutions is like a little bouquet when in bloom.
It’s cost effective, and bees cannot resist the cluster of small flowers that come through with this option.
The common flowers that are used in bouquets the world over, are easy to plant, and attract plenty of bees. They are bright, vibrant, and create nice visual overflow.
Another easy option to plan, Cosmea will illuminate any outdoor garden area. There are several varieties under this option, one that is easier to plant, if you’re seeking simplicity.
This medicinally used plant is one for those that want to spread flowers across large spaces.
Larger gardens will benefit from these outright. If you don’t have a great deal of square footage, then you will find some single pot options. The point is, these attract plenty of bees.
Purple and blue flowers attract butterflies to brighten your day, and bees to continue to pollinate.
These can be a bit tricky to get started, but once you’ve figured out the initial steps, you’ll have a great display.
French Marigold and Common Marigold
Two marigolds that are going to help you attract bees will lighten up your garden areas with ease.
The French version can even help with insect issues.
Many pests do not like the French Marigold, so plant it near crops that you’re going to harvest later. Single flower options are best here.
As for the Common Marigold, you’ll find that it’s an easy to grow, simple plant that bees love. These two marigold are easy to find, plant, and deliver on the premise of helping bees.
If you have dry soil, and want flowers to bloom without a great deal of work, then these are for you. They have great pollen, and will attract bees with little to no effort.
These large flowers are not only sights to see, they attract bees with ease. They do take a little extra work to get started, and cultivate, but once they are up and in bloom, you will have a great solution to get the population of bees in your area growing.
Simple Gardening Advice
If you’re not sure about all of this, or perhaps don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. The above options are simple to work with, and don’t require you to have a large garden.
You can work with pots and single flowers; you could have a windowsill solution, or a hanging garden option.
Bee friendly gardening is a matter of simply looking for flowers that grow well in your area, and maintaining them.
Most big box retailers, gardens, and hardware stores have seeds that you can plant and water.
As long as you don’t overdo it with water or soil, you just plant seeds and wait for the flowers to bloom. Once in bloom, you’ll be doing your part to save bees in your area, which is a great thing.
Another thing you can do to save the bees is by becoming a beekeeper. Not only will you be able to pollinate your garden, but you will have the benefits of honey as well.