Zeke Freeman
Written by Zeke Freeman

Save the Bees: How to Cultivate a Bee-Friendly Garden


Bees need food. That's why our beekeepers harvest only excess honey, leaving the rest to maintain the vitality of the hive. But even if you’re not a beekeeper, you can still help! Planting bee-friendly flowers is one of the easiest and most beautiful ways to support the bees.

We know one in three bites of food we take depends on pollination. Can you imagine a world without strawberries, almonds or broccoli? But just as many plants need bees for pollination, bees need plants for nectar and pollen. Enter the bee-friendly garden!

A few guidelines to help you get started:

  1. REGIONALITY. The world is vast, and not all flowers are appropriate for all areas. Find your region here. We also recommend consulting your local nursery for advice.
  2. COLOR. Bees tend to be attracted to blue, purple and yellow flowers more than others.
  3. DIVERSITY. Research shows gardens with 10 or more bee-friendly plants support the most bee visitors.
  4. LONGEVITY. Choose flowers that bloom at different times so there's always something for the bees. And focus on hearty varieties that don't require constant maintenance. (Reminder: many times a human's weed is a bee's haven.)

Some of our all time favorite bee-friendly flowers: zinnias, asters, cosmos, lupines and wild sunflowers.  

Ready to get started? Happy planting!

Save the Bees

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Save the Bees, Bee Trivia