Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Bradford Greenhouses Blog

Recently we’ve all become aware of the steady decline of the bee population. In order to make sure these creatures are able to thrive, consider making a bee-friendly garden! Even what may seem like a small contribution — just flower pot or garden patch — can provide a valuable pollinator habitat.

You may want to start by giving the bees a place to call home. You can easily make your own bee habitat! We love the directions from this site.

Once you’ve got a place for bees to call home, it’s time to give them some plants that they can pollinate! Here are a few of our favourites:

Echinacea

echinacea

  • Zone 3-8
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Grows best in well drained soil
  • Excellent in mixed perennial borders and as a cut flower
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Deer resistant
Honeysuckle

honeysuckle

  • Zone 4-7
  • Blooms late spring until fall
  • Attracts hummingbirds
  • Grows well in almost any soil
Black Locust Tree

black-locust-tree

  • Zone 4-9
  • Fast growing
  • Can grow up to 70’ at maturity
  • Blooms emerge between April – June
Chokecherry

chokecherry

  • Zone 2-7
  • Grows up to 30’ tall
  • Blooms April to May
  • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Produces edible, yet tart fruits
Elderberry

elderberry

  • Zone 3-9
  • Shrub that grows up to 8’ tall and wide
  • Blooms June to July
  • Attracts birds and butterflies
  • Bears fruit that can be used to make jams, jellies, pie filings and elderberry wine
Deutzia

deutzia

  • Hardy to Zone 5a
  • Spring flowerings
  • Deer resistant
  • Attracts hummingbirds
  • Shrub can grow up to 2’ tall and wide
False Spirea

false-spirea

  • Hardy to Zone 2a
  • Blooms July-August
  • Fast growing
  • Can grow up to 10’ tall and wide
Lavender

lavender

  • Herbaceous perennial
  • Zone 5 to 8
  • Blooms June to August
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Can grow up to 3’ tall and 4’ wide
Garden Sage

garden-sage

  • Herbaceous perennial
  • Zone 4 to 8
  • Blooms in June
  • Attracts butterflies
Sunflower (annual)

sunflower

  • Zone 2 to 11
  • Can grow up to 10’ tall and 3’ wide
  • Blooms July – August
  • Attracts birds & butterflies
  • Plant seeds in late fall