Bee Friendly Perennials

Bees are a major contributor to the food we eat. If it weren’t for bees, ⅓ of our food sources wouldn’t get the pollination they need. Here is a list of the Top 5 Bee Friendly
Perennials:

Penstemon

This perennial offers a wide range of colors and shapes to brighten up your garden. This low-maintenance plant enjoys full sun and well drained soil. Penstemon will wow you with blooms late spring through early summer. They are a favorite to both bees and hummingbirds!                                                             

Allium

Alliums include onions, chives, and several gorgeous ornamentals. Besides having a fun, different look, they provide many helpful advantages. We’ve already established that they help bees in pollination, but they are also relatively resistant to deer, voles, chipmunks and rabbits. Allium love to soak up the sun, but will tolerate partial shade. They also prefer a drier soil (well drained). Most Alliums are planted  as a bulb in the fall. Height, color, and bloom time vary depending on type, but they all look great tucked in between other perennials!

Salvia (Meadow Sage)

The long-lasting blooms of salvia are a huge bonus of this plant! You can find it in an array of colors. Most salvia will grow quickly and keep going strong, so you get to see a fast return on your investment When you prune spent blooms off, you’ll be rewarded with re-blooms through fall.

Catmint

Catmint is easy to grow, aromatic, and beautiful! It loves to soak up the sun, but will tolerate some shade. While catmint attracts bees, it can deter bad insects like aphids and Japanese Beetles.

Lavender

This neat, shrub-shaped plant has more uses than the average plant. We already know that it attracts bees, but it’s also good for potpourri, smelling salts, tea, and baking to name a few! They merely require great drainage conditions and good air circulation!