While their stings aren’t pleasant, bees are vitally important to our ecosystem. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, bees pollinate more than $15 billion in U.S. crops – the fruits and vegetables we eat – each year (along with $150 million of honey!), so it’s important we keep the bee population thriving.
As you plant your garden this summer, fill your yard with these five bee-friendly plants!
It’s healthy and delicious for humans, and our buzzing friends absolutely love it! Go ahead and plant some mint in your garden to show some love and support to the bees. Then reward yourself by having a refreshing glass of mint-infused water or crush it in a frosty Mojito!
Sunflowers are like THE official flower of summer! They are big, tall, and have everything that bees love. Plant these beautiful flowers in your garden because they are filled with pollen and nectar. They also give us those tasty seeds that are easily toasted in your oven!
These aesthetically-pleasing and beautifully- scented purple flowers are loaded with pollen and have a long blooming season, which makes it a staple in the bees search for pollen and nectar! Keep some fresh lavender clipped in a vase on the side of your bed to help you sleep at night!
Fresh rosemary is a fantastic addition to a variety of meals you’re cooking, and it’s a bee favorite, too! This wonderful herb has a lot of flowers that are bee magnets because of their extensive bloom season.
Not too many people know this flower by name, but can recognize it by its distinctive clusters and that it can be found in various colors; yellow, orange, pink, red, and, most commonly, white. These flowers look great in the yard, plus their flower pedals make it easy for the bees to take a rest on their search for more pollen and nectar.
As you garden this summer, remember to use natural pesticides that are safe for bees or other pollinators! #SaveTheBees
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