Attract More Bees to Your Yard with These Pollinator-Friendly Plants

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In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of pollinators and give you a list of plants that will bring them flocking to your garden!

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I am learning so much about the importance of bees and other pollinators. We started our seedlings for our garden, and it got me really into wanting to attract bees and other pollinators.

Did you know that pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat? They are essential to our ecosystem, and their health is declining rapidly. One way to help pollinators is by planting flowers that attract them to your yard. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of pollinators and give you a list of plants that will bring them flocking to your garden!

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pinterest graphic beautiful flowers that attract bees

What flowers attract bees and butterflies?

Flowers that are pollinator-friendly come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some pollinator favorites include purple coneflower, bee balm, black-eyed Susan, cosmos, goldenrod, and lavender. These flowers have a wide range of blooming times so you can enjoy their beauty for months at a time. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there is sure to be a pollinator-friendly flower that will fit perfectly into your garden.

Choose Native Plants

It is also important to choose plants that are native to your area. Native plants have evolved over time to work well with the local pollinators. They often have pollen and nectar that pollinators prefer, and they are already adapted to the climate and soil conditions of your region.

If you are looking for pollinator-friendly plants, be sure to check out your local garden center or nursery. They will have a variety of pollinator-friendly plants to choose from and can help you select the right ones for your yard. With just a few simple steps, you can help protect our pollinators and ensure that they are around to pollinate our flowers for years to come!

What makes a good pollinating flower that attracts bees?

A flower’s color, smell, shape, size, blooming time and length, and pollen supply are all factors that will affect how many bees will flock to your yard.

Fun Fact: Did you know that bees cannot see red light, but they can see ultra-violet light. Therefore flowers in the ultraviolet range of colors attract more bees, while red flowers deter them. This is just ONE incredible thing I’ve learned from reading the book 100 Plants to Feed the Bees by the Xerces Society.

List of The Best Pollinator-Friendly Flowers

Here are a handful of the most beautiful flowers you should plant in your yard to attract bees and other pollinators. Which ones will you be planting this year?

1. Purple Top Vervain

  • Scientific Name: Verbena hastata
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 7-11
  • Buy Seeds HERE
close up photo of purple flower
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller (linked for seeds)

2. Iron Weed 

  • Scientific Name: Vernonia spp.
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4-8
  • Buy Seeds HERE
purple flower with a bee
Photo Credit: Praire Moon Nursery

3. Sulphurflower Yellow Buckwheat

  • Scientific Name: Eriogonum umbellatum
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4-8
  • Buy Seeds HERE
yellow buckwheat flowers
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller (linked for seeds)

4. Button Bush

spiky flower that attracts bees
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

5. Ornamental Oregano

  • Scientific Name: Origanum libanoticum
  • Flower Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer to Fall
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4 and 5
  • Buy Seeds HERE
purple flowers
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

6. Lilac

  • Scientific Name: Ceanothus
  • Flower Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 2-7
  • Buy Seeds HERE or Entire Plant HERE
purple lilac flowers
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

7. Sainfoin (Holy Clover)

  • Scientific Name: Onobrychis vicifolia
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 3-10
  • Buy Seeds HERE
pink sainfoin holy clover
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

8. Icelandic Poppies

  • Scientific Name: Papaver nudicaule
  • Flower Color: Mixed, White, Orange, Yellow
  • Bloom Time:
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 2-7
  • Buy Seeds HERE
Iceland Poppies
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

9. Rabbitbrush

  • Scientific Name: Ericameria Nauseosa syn. Chrysothamnus Nauseosus
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: End of Summer through Fall
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 4-6
  • Buy Seeds HERE
rabbit bush
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller
rabbit bush flower
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

10. Dutch White Clover

  • Scientific Name: Trifolium repens
  • Flower Color: White
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer
  • Where It Thrives: Zones 3-8
  • Buy Seeds HERE
  • ** The Crimson Red Clover is also spectacular!
dutch white clover
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller
crimson red clover
Photo Credit: Etsy Seller

11. Tulip Poplar Tree

beautiful yellow flower with green leaves

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