Bees help the environment in many ways, but their contributions often go unnoticed. What you may not have thought about is the fact the fruits and vegetables that you enjoy need pollination before they ever touch a grocery store. You may also enjoy honey in your tea or spread across your food. Sadly, the health of our bees is slowly declining. So how do we help preserve the life of bees? You guessed it! You can plant flowers to help the bees survive. You don’t need to be a beekeeper to feel responsible. Everyone can do their part. Keep reading for the best flowers that attract bees.
Consider The Type Of Flower You’ll Plant
Single bloom flowers attract bees the most. An example of a single bloom flower is a sunflower because its flower head does not consist of numerous flowers. Native flowers are also better planted than foreign or imported flowers. This method has been known to work for hundreds of years!
Cluster Colorful Plants
Bees are often attracted to flowers with similar coloring planted in a clump. Bees also love colorful flowers in hues of blue, yellow, and purple. If you live in Maryland, lavender is a favorite plant. Not only does lavender attract bees but it has many health benefits for you as well. One of its uses in oil extraction. Also, if you take a deep breath of the plant, it can help to reduce your anxiety.
Keep the Bees Hydrated
Placing water strategically in your garden or landscape can give the bees something to sip on without drowning them. Add a fountain or birdbath to the scenery for aesthetic beauty but to preserve the life of bees as well. Just like humans need water to survive, so do bees. It may seem comical, but bees become dehydrated as well since they mainly come out during hot weather conditions.
Provide Shade for the Bees
As bees can become dehydrated, they can overheat as well. Planting ground cover will help the bees to cool down when they’re not flying around or pollinating. Leafy coverings such as coleus can add shade.
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