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16 Plants That Benefit Bees

MARCH 27, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. Foxgloves

These dramatically beautiful flowers are bound to attract more than just bees to your garden. Learn how to grow strong foxglove here.

2. Yarrow

This herb is specifically found in many medicinal gardens for its many healing properties. Planting it can help bees, too.

3. Sunflowers

Sunflowers provide seeds for your family to eat, gorgeous blooms and a large bee-friendly resting pad. Grow your own sun-reachers by following these tips.

4. Pumpkins

That's right, you can still have an awesome edible garden and help bee populations at the same time. Clickhere to learn more about growing the best pumpkins possible.

5. Chives

Who doesn't love fresh chives? Well even if you don't, bees sure do! Get growing now.

6. Blueberries

They attract bees, provide your family with fresh food and look fantastic. Here is everything you need to know about growing them.

7. Cranberries

Again, these berries provide food for you and food for the bees--it's a win-win situation. Learn how to grow cranberries here.

8. Asters

Aster is a popular home-garden flower that resembles daisies. If you want to grow this gorgeous flower, click here for more information.

9. Primroses

With their wide, colorful petals, it's easy to see why bees would flock to the spring primrose plant. Add a few into your garden with these tips.

10. Coneflowers

The shape of these cones are simply irresistible to bees. Want to grow these gorgeous buds in your own garden? Read here to learn more.

11. Squashes

Your edible garden shouldn't stop with a few herbs and pumpkins. Grow some squash for yourself and the bees this year.

12. Lavender

Lavender is fragrant, beautiful and it comes in several different varieties. It's a low-maintenance addition to any herb garden. Grow some for yourself and the bees by following this guide.

13. Borage

These edible flowers are great at getting bees to come by. Learn more here.

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15. Catnip

Catnip is certainly not just for cats. Fragrant and full of purple color when they bloom, these bushy plants have no problem attracting bees to your garden. I have one planted in the backyard and enjoy many afternoons watching bees come and go, filling their heart's content with pollen. Learn to grow your own here.

16. Milkweed

This plant has been heavily promoted for its abilities to attract remaining monarch butterflies to its flowers. However, it can also be a great friend to bees. Learn how to grow it here.

17. Hyssop

This bush provides an instant aesthetic upgrade to your garden while helping bees at the same time. Learn more about how to grow this bush here.