Top 100 Plants You Can Grow To Help Increase Bee Population

The Bees Need Our Help

Planting a Pollinator Garden can be rewarding for everyone. Deciding what to plant can be difficult.  Use this guide to find something that you can grow and help #savethebees.

Trees to Bring In Bees

Bees and Trees need each other. Plant some trees if you can.

  1. Alders
  2. Basswood
  3. Black locust
  4. Fruit trees, especially apple, plum, and cherry
  5. Hazels
  6. Maples
  7. Redbud
  8. Tulip poplar
  9. Tupelo
  10. Willows

Read more @ 15 Trees to Attract Bees


If you don’t have room for full trees, maybe you can plant some shrubs, bushes or hedges

  1. Blue mist bush (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
  2. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
  3. Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
  4. Hebe
  5. Sumacs (Rhus spp.)
  6. Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
  7. Winter heath (Erica carnea)

Read More 15 shrubs for bees and other pollinators


Herbs are a perfect edible way to help the pollinator population.

  1. Basil
  2. Purple flowering onions (Allium spp.)
  3. mints,
  4. sage,
  5. thyme,
  6. borage,
  7. oregano,
  8. lavender,
  9. chives
  10. Rosemary

originally posted in 10 Herbs for your Pollinator Garden

Vegetables, grains, and fruits

Vegetable Gardens are a great way to attract bees and since so many vegetables require pollination by insects, bees and gardens are a perfect match

  1. buckwheat,
  2. berries,
  3. strawberries,
  4. blueberries,
  5. raspberries,
  6. blackberries,
  7. cucumbers,
  8. tomato,
  9. winter squash,
  10. pumpkins,
  11. melons,
  12. watermelons,
  13. Flowering Broccoli

See more at Edible Plants that Attract Bees to Your Garden

Flowers and wildflowers (weeds)

The fresh smell of blooming flowers is sure to get the bees buzzing

  1. Ageratum
  2. asters,
  3. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  4. bachelor’s buttons
  5. bee balm
  6. bergamot
  7. Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
  8. Blanketflowers (Gaillardia spp.)
  9. black-eyed susans
  10. Blue anise sage (Salvia guaranitica)
  11. Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  12. blue bells
  13. Calendula
  14. christmas rose
  15. Clematis
  16. clovers,
  17. cup plants
  18. Cranesbills (Geranium spp.)
  19. crocus
  20. Cornflowers (Centaurea spp.)
  21. cosmos
  22. Dandelions,
  23. dahlia
  24. Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)
  25. Fall sedums (Hylotelephiumtelephium)
  26. Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)
  27. Fox Glove
  28. gaillardia
  29. Gas plant (Dictamnus albus)
  30. Globe thistles (Echinops spp.)
  31. goldenrod
  32. goldstern
  33. Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)
  34. honeysuckle
  35. jonquils
  36. Knautia (Knautia macedonica)
  37. Lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta)
  38. loosestrife,
  39. lilacs
  40. Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)
  41. Marigolds
  42. Meadow sage (Salvia nemorosa)
  43. milkweed
  44. Mignotette
  45. peony
  46. Portulaca (Portulaca spp.)
  47. poppies
  48. Primrose
  49. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  50. Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  51. Sea Pink
  52. sedum
  53. Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
  54. snapgragons
  55. snowdrops
  56. sunflowers
  57. Sweet William
  58. squill
  59. tulips
  60. Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare)
  61. Verbena
  62. wisteria
  63. zinnias (Zinnia spp.)

Planting flowers is the best way to bring  in  vital pollinators

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