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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 a 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 tutorial on 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:

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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

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Honeysuckle

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

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Black Locust Tree

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

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Chokecherry

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

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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

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Deutzia

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

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False Spirea

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

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Lavender

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

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Garden Sage

  • Herbaceous perennial
  • Zone 4 to 8
  • Blooms in June
  • Attracts butterflies

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Sunflower (Annual)

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

Don’t forget that Bees require a bit of water in addition to their nectar. A good bee garden will include a few puddles from which the bees can drink. Visit us in store to get all your needs to build a beautiful Bee garden!