|A honeybee on an ornamental crabapple.|
While any plant with a flower is an improvement, not all of them are great for helping the bees. This is a list I put together to provide lots of bee food on a quarter acre lot. I focused very heavily on late summer blooms because that is when the bees in my area struggle the most to find food. I highlighted those plants, so if you are limited on space you can focus on those first.
This is only one set of plants I could have used, so feel free to study and come up with your own bee guild (community) that meets the needs of where you live. And remember to plant in groups so that clusters of the same plants are at lease three feet across. The bees will find them easier that way.
Oh, this plan leaves enough space for a veggie garden and some grass. The clover is on the list to make the grass more bee friendly!
Enjoy yourselves, manana!
|Common Name||Scientific Name||Start of flowering||End of flowering||Width|
|Bigtooth Maple||Acer gandidentatum||April||May||25'|
|Black Locust||Robinia pseudoacacia||May||June||30'|
|Linden 'Green Spire'||Tilia cordata||June||July||30'|
|Shubs and Perennials|
|Fragrant Sumac 'Lowgrow'||Rhus aromatica||April||May||6'|
|Blackberry||Rubus spp.||May||June||As pruned|
|Woodland Sage||Salvia nemorosa||May||July||18"|
|Red-Flowering Thyme||Thymus praecox||June||July||Creeping|
|Catmint||Nepeta x faassenii||June||August||18"|
|Melissa, Lemon Balm||Melissa officinalis||June||August||18"|
|Purple Coneflower||Echinacea purpurea||June||September||2'|
|Russian Sage||Perovskia atriplicifolia||July||September||4'|
|Bluebeard||Caryopteris x clandonensis||July||September||4'|
|Blanket Flower||Gaillardia aristata||June||October||10"|
|Anise hyssop||Agstache foeniculum||July||October||3'|
|Garlic chives||Allium tuberosa||September||September||12"|
|Dutch White Clover||Trifolium repens||May||August||Creeping|