If you spend some time watching a flowering plant, eventually you will likely see a bee land and gather the nectar and pollen contained in the flowers. It can be fascinating to watch them work; moving from flower to flower before eventually flying away to their hive. Bees play such an important role in nature, pollinating so many plants with their tiny bodies. However, the use of chemicals in gardening and yard care is causing the widespread demise of bees, worldwide.
At Lacoste we are committed to operating in a sustainable system. We use parasitic (“friendly”) wasps (read about it here) to control aphids in the greenhouse. We do not use neonicontinoid pesticides.
At home, you can help the bee population too! When you plant your planters and gardens, you can create a bee-friendly place!
Create a welcome place for bees
- All creatures that eat plants (including humans!) depend on pollinators.
- ¾ of the foods we eat — fruits, nuts, vegetables, and herbs — need pollinators to reproduce.
- Creating hospitable homes for beneficial insects in your garden means they are less likely to move into your house.
- You’ll triple the yield of fruit and veggies in your garden — no more lumpy strawberries or shrunken squash!
- Even what seems like a small contribution — just a tiny flower pot or patch — can provide valuable pollinator habitat.
These plants, organized by when they bloom, are just a few of the species that attract bees:
Early Mid-season Late
Blueberry Blackberry Aster (perennial)
Cotoneaster Cat mint Beggar’s tricks
Crabapple Catnip Borage
Cranberry Chives Coneflower
Crocus Dahlia Cornflower
Foxglove Hyssop Cosmos
Heliotrope Lavender Goldenrod
Hazelnut Raspberry Pumpkin
Heather Sunflower Sedum
Primrose Yarrow Squash
David Suzuki has a great article on other ways to make your garden bee-friendly, check it out for some more ideas
And don’t forget the best part about cultivating a healthy bee community. There’s nothing tastier than local honey!