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A Garden for Bees

My five year old son and I were taking advantage of a glorious evening and enjoying the local playground. He was up on the climbing structure, acting out a treasure hunting adventure, when he suddenly jumped down and raced towards me, clearly spooked. When I asked what was the matter, he told me there was a bee. I assured him that bees were not to be feared. That we need to take care of them because they are dying off and us humans need them in order to survive. This is how we started talking about creating a garden for bees.
One out of every three bites of our food is made possible by pollinators like honey bees. That’s a statistic I pulled from Bees Matter, a Canadian initiative restating agriculture’s commitment to honey bee health issues. If you’re curious about why honey bees are so integral to our survival, this site is an excellent resource. This is where I learned that one of the simple ways that we can contribute to the increased health of the bee population is by planting flowering plants. Bees need a good source of pollen and nectar so their colonies can survive through the winter months. By planting a pollinator friendly garden, including the plants below, available at Mori Gardens, we can help honey bees thrive.
Native Plants that Attract Pollinators:
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
Beardtongue (Penstomon)
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Anise Hyssop (Agastache)
Helen’s Flower (Helenium)
Purple Coneflower ( Echinacaea)
Blazing Star (Liatris)
Tickseed (Coreopsis)
False Sunflower (Heliopsis)
Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)
Winky Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)
Rock Rose (Helianthemum)
Non-Native that Attract Pollinators::
Showy Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile)
English Lavender (Lavendula)
Anemone (Anemone)
Shrub Roses (Rosa rugosa)
Bluebeard (Caryopteris)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Privet (Ligustrum)
PG Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
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