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What Are the Best Plants for Bees?

A quick reference for making your yard buzzworthy

It's important to remember that different growing zones play a role in what plants to plant and when. So be sure to check what growing zone you're in first before picking out plants. (Though, most local garden centers will only carry plants native to the local area anyway.)

Because we are located in Texas, we're going to focus on plants that do best in our fickle Texas climate.


While bees and butterflies enjoy just about every flowering plant out there, the following list a sure-fire way to really draw a great buzzing crowd. And the colors and different bloom times guarantee your yard will always look as gorgeous as it is helpful to our buzzy little friends.

  • Aster

  • Basil

  • Bee Balm

  • Black-eyed Susan

  • Blueberry

  • Butterfly bush

  • Catnip

  • Chives

  • Coneflower

  • Cosmos

  • Crabapple

  • Daisy

  • Geranium

  • Lavender

  • Lilac

  • Milkweed

  • Mint

  • Oregano

  • Pumpkin

  • Queen Anne's lace

  • Rosemary

  • Salvia

  • Sumac

  • Sunflower

  • Tulips

  • Zinnia

Some other tips:

- Add bee-friendly plants to your vegetable garden and watch how much the extra bee action will help your vegetables and fruits grow.

- Keeping a shallow water source (add some pebbles to the pan to be sure the bees can get out of the water as well!) nearby, especially in the hot summer months, helps create even more interest for worn out bees.

- Avoid pesticides and go natural. The bees, butterflies and other creatures will thank you.

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