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Plant a Bee-Friendly Garden

There is a wide array of common plants that support bees, from annual flowers to popular perennials, garden vegetables, shrubs and even trees.

Here is a partial list of tried-and-true bee attractors for Western North Carolina:

Annuals

Asters
Calliopsis
Clover
Marigolds
Poppies
Sunflowers
Zinnias
Perennials*

Buttercups
Clematis
Cosmos
Crocuses
Dahlias
Echinacea
English Ivy
Foxglove
Geraniums
Germander
Globe Thistle
Goldenrod
Hollyhocks
Hyacinth
Hyssop
Lupines
Rock Cress
Roses
Sedum
Snowdrops
Squills
Tansy
Tickseed
Fruits/Veggies

Blackberries*
Cantaloupe
Cucumbers
Gourds
Fruit Trees*
Peppers
Persimmon*
Pumpkins
Raspberries*
Squash
Strawberries*
Watermelons
Wild Garlic
Herbs

Bee Balm*
Borage*
Catnip*
Cilantro
Fennel*
Lavender*
Mints*
Rosemary*
Sage*
Thyme*
Wormwood*
Shrubs*

Blueberry
Butterfly Bush
Holly
Honeysuckle
Indigo
Privet
Trees*

Alder
Am. Holly
Basswood
Black Gum
Black Locust
Buckeyes
Catalpa
Chestnut
Eastern Redbud
Golden Rain
Hawthorns
Hazels
Linden
Magnolia
Maples
Mountain Ash
Poplar
Serviceberry
Sourwood
Sumac
Sycamore
Tulip
Willows

*Perennial – any long-lived plant from the smallest flower to the largest tree that returns year after year, growing in size and stature until it reaches its full maturity. Most perennial plants can be divided to produce new plants, or they can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

Annual – a plant that lasts only one year, from seed to blooms to seed. Removing the flowers as they fade prolongs the blooming cycle, but if left to produce seeds, many annuals will readily reseed themselves.

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