12 Best Flowers for Bees (Pollinator Garden Plants)

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Looking for the best flowers for bees? If so, you don’t need to look any further.

Bees are great to have in your garden because they’re born pollinators. This helps your garden grow and produce more blooms over time.

As a bonus, many of the flowers below also attract hummingbirds and butterflies as well.

This not only brings more wildlife to your garden but also helps the ecology of you backyard to make it thrive.

 

Best Flowers for Bees

Aster

Aster

Asters are beautiful flowering perennials that resemble daisies, at least in form. But, what makes them distinct is the different colors that they come in.

Asters will grow up to 1 to 6 feet tall. The most popular color you’ll find is purple. Although, there are blue, pink and white varieties.

They make our best flowers for bees list because they attract these honey makers. Since asters bloom mid to late summer all the way until fall, bees use them to stock up on energy to help them get through the winter.

Additionally asters also bring butterflies to your garden as well.

 

Coneflower

Coneflower

Coneflowers are better known as Echinacea. It is another beautiful flower that looks similar to daisies. However, they have their petals towards the back while their centers protrude outwards.

That said, coneflowers are the favorites of not only bees but many other pollinators including butterflies because of their nectar and pollen.

Better yet, they’ll bloom from the middle of the summer all the way until about mid autumn.

Coneflowers are also hardy to zones 3 to 10.

 

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

As its name will tell you, bee balm attract lots of honey producers. They likewise bring hummingbirds and butterflies to your backyard. That’s because their blooms are filled with nectar.

Bee balm are available in many different colors including pink and red.

These bloom sometime in later in the spring and will keep going on through the fall.

They likewise make perfect additions to shade gardens because don’t mind partial shade. However, they do best in full sun.

Bee balm are likewise fragrant which makes them a good choice of you want some aroma across your garden.

 

Peony

Peony

If you want something with large beautiful blossoms, peonies will usually make the shortlist.

These flowers are very popular for gardens because of their stunning looks and lovely colors. Plus, they’re love by bees.

But in order to get the most out of them, make sure to place them in a sunny location in soils that’s well-draining.

They don’t need a lot of fertilizing. However, you do want to support their large flowers which are heavy as their stems are not able to keep them up.

Peonies will grow to as tall as 3 feet high. They are hardy to zones 3 to 8 and will bloom in May and June.

 

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Phlox

Phlox

Phlox are another tall, gorgeous flowering perennials that will brighten up your garden. But, unlike peonies which have fewer but larger blossoms, these have slightly smaller ones in larger number.

This makes them a good complement.

You also get to choose from a white array of colors to fill your borders and add accents to your yard.

Phlox can grow from between 10 inches to about 4 feet tall depending on the variety.

They are hardy to zones 3 to 9 and love the sun. Although they will do well in part sun and shade as well.

As with the others on our list, they will bring more bees and other pollinators to your garden.

 

Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunflowers are among the most well-known blossoms around. Everyone is familiar with their bright, yellow color and hard flower heads that feature a dark, pollen-filled center.

Incidentally, it is also this that attracts bees and birds.

Sunflowers grow in all hardiness zones. And, they turn and face the sun which is how they got their name.

But, what many people don’t know is that sunflowers are available in a few different varieties. Most have similar looks and form, although some look very different from the ones you and I are familiar with.

That said, there are very large sunflowers that get to as high as 10 feet tall. Others are more manageable at 3 to 4 feet.

 

Zinnia

Zinnia

Zinnias will show themselves most prominently during the summertime. And, their bright, colorful flowers will bloom profusely attracting bees.

One thing not many people know is that these stunning blooms are often grown as companion plants to vegetable gardens because of this feature.

Their ability to attract bees helps pollinate tomatoes and other veggies that are not as showy.

That said, zinnias are annuals which also explains their fast growth and amazing blooms. They will not survive the winter color.

 

Salvia

Salvia

Salvia is better known as sage. But, do be aware that this sage is different from the herb that’s used in culinary purposes.

Instead, it features gorgeous purple spikes that are upright in nature.

Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies love them. And, you will too as these woody perennials will bloom prolifically in the spring to the fall. They grow best in mild climates.

But, do make sure to give them full sun. However, they’ll need some shade in during hot or brutal summers.

 

Snapdragon

Snapdragon

Snapdragon are another upright growing flower that feature tall spikes and long blooming periods.

They hardy to zones 9 to 11 where they can get through the winters unscathed. However, most gardeners keep them as annuals.

Their beautiful colors give you something to marvel at during the spring and again in the fall. They can grow to as high as 3 feet tall.

Snapdragons enjoy full sun and deadheading them will help prolong their blooming time.

 

Pansy

Pansy

Pansies are well-known for their multi-colored blooms which create faces or at least something that resembles faces.

While they don’t grow too tall (6 to 8 inches tall), they are amazing to look and make great additions especially if you want to have more color t your garden.

Pansies prefer partial shade over full sun. This makes them a good choice for shade gardens.

That said, they do need more water than most perennials. You’ll likewise need to give them a bit more moisture during the hotter times of the year or if they’re exposed to more sunlight.

 

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

These lovely flowers get their name because of their dark colored centers. These get very prominent as you get closer to them. But, from afar they look like clusters of yellow blooms are sit on top of green foliage.

Black-eyed Susans belong to the aster family which is why they resemble them in terms of looks, albeit feature a different shade.

These garden beauties have lots of nectar that attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

They do love the sun and will grow quite easily as long as they get enough exposure. Black-eyed Susans are also drought tolerant which reduces your stress and worrying in case you forget to water them every so often.

 

Marigold

Marigold

Marigold are long blooming flowers that will start showing up around late in the spring and keep on going until frost starts to appear.

They are favorites of butterflies, bees and moths.

Like zinnias these feature amazing blooms with stunning colors. But, they’re both annuals which means their flowers will be the attractions of your garden for only one season unless you keep planting them.

Marigold come in yellow, orange and red colors, which make them perfect for brightening up any garden.

Do note that while they are very easy to grow and will get big quickly, you will need to prune them on occasion otherwise they can crowd other plants near them.

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