So, what are the best perennials for honey bees? The answer depends a great deal on what you are trying to achieve aesthetically in your flower garden. Perennial flowers don’t have to be old-fashioned. In fact, some of the best, most attractive flowers that can be planted in your flower garden are actually perennials. If you learn how to plant them properly, they can add color year after year and bloom for years before you have to replant them.
When planting perennials, you want to plant them up higher in the ground, so they will receive the full amount of sunlight they need to thrive. Some of the best choices for this are hibiscus, honeysuckle, jasmine, plump kiwi, and privet. These flowers are known for their hardiness, which allows them to take a beating from severe sun and cold conditions. As a result, they are very resilient and rarely if ever need to be replaced. If you are new to gardening, or just want flowers that stay green year-round, this is definitely the way to go.
Meanwhile, some perennials don’t require much attention when it comes to their upkeep. These include marigolds, pansies, and zinnias. These flowers are also very resilient, which means they can weather minimal amounts of sun and frost without much harm. These flowers are perfect for small gardens and up-and-down patios, since they don’t require a lot of tending to in order to survive year after year.
Perennials that are planted in flower gardens do not have to be year-round plants, either. Some can be started from seed and simply kept for later seasons. For instance, you can start with sweet pea flower seeds, plant them and cover them up with more traditional flowers in your garden, like hydrangeas or lilies. Then you’ll have a permanent blooming flower garden with no concern about the temperature or wind. If you are able to, start your perennial seeds indoors so that they are ready for planting out when the time comes.
Of course, not all flower gardens are going to be suited for bees. If you have a backyard that’s not exposed to any amount of sun or wind, then you won’t want to plant anything on your deck or patio. Also, be aware that some bees are attracted to certain types of flowers. Before planting anything, you’ll need to check the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to make sure your chosen flower garden is not going to trigger an allergic reaction in the bees.
Some perennials are better for bee-attracting flowers than others are. We’ve listed a couple of options here for you to consider. While Poinsettia is a perennial, it needs to be replanted every year, which means it has to go back out in the garden each year as well. Fennel is another perennial that doesn’t have to be replanted each year and is great if you like having a garden all year long. Gardenia grows all year, but it does require replanting.
On the flip side, some flowers are better for pollinating year-round. For example, if you have a garden full of annuals, you’ll want to put something in the flowerbed that will keep those flowers from growing too fast. Ivy is one example of this, as is a lot of holly and oak trees. Be careful with holly, though, as it can make your compost heap smell very awful!
Perennial flowers can provide a multitude of benefits to your garden, which is why so many people prefer them. They are not only beautiful, they are easy to maintain and grow, which makes them a great choice year after year. Just be sure that you take the time to select which ones you really like, and plant them accordingly. You’ll find that as long as you plant them correctly, you won’t have a problem with them growing in numbers. So start planting now, and enjoy the beauty of these best, perennial flowers for honey bees!