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How to Attract Bees to Your Garden

February 6th, 2012 Gardening

You may be asking yourself why on Earth you would want to do anything that attracts bees to your garden? After all, they sting and keep you away, right? Well, the simple fact of the matter is, bumblebees are relatively docile creatures that can be beneficial for your garden, especially if you have planted a lot of flowers. According to The Daily Green, many vegetables and flowers require lots of pollination, and that's exactly what bees can do for you.

So what's the secret? The simplest way of explaining it is that you should try to plant a diverse array of plants to attract several types of bees. For instance, according to the BBC, Viper's Bugloss (blueweed) is a beautiful blue plant that attracts bumblebees in the middle of summer.

Also note that different species of bees prefer different flowers, based on how long their tongues are and how easy it is for them to pollinate a particular plant. This is why it's important to maintain a wide variety of flowers at all times. Try planting native species that bloom into a single flower - these tend to attract bees readily and are fairly easy to grow. They also tend to be quite hardy, according to the source, and can resist slugs and other pests that may be trying to harm them.

Although we generally think of bees as nuisances, they can do a lot for our gardens. Without them, you may have a pretty tough time maintaining your beautiful blooms over several months. Try to help them out and they'll return the favor!

Pergola