Bee-autiful Gardens: Plants that Attract Honeybees

African Blue Basil is a bee magnet. Despite its less appealing taste for humans, bees favor this plant over other fragrant flowers.

African Blue Basil

Alfalfa and honeybees share a mutual dependence. The plant relies on bees for pollination, and in return, it provides a rich source of pollen and nectar during the hot summer months.


Anise Hyssop is a plant that bees visit daily. Its long blooming season and attractive purple flowers make it a favorite among these pollinators.

Anise Hyssop

Aster is a pollinator favorite, attracting bees and butterflies with its ample supply of nectar. It blooms well into the hottest summer months and into the fall.


Bee Balm, with its wonderful flower heads, is very attractive to pollinators. Its purple variant is a favorite among bees, while the red variant attracts hummingbirds.

Bee Balm

Black Cherry is a large tree that blooms bountifully in late spring. Its delicate white flowers are very attractive to bees.

Black Cherry

Lavender is a plant that bees flock to. Its delicious fragrance and the nectar it provides make it a must-have in any bee-friendly garden.


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