A Bee Friendly Garden

By: Meriel Bradley

I finally managed to capture some pictures of this beautiful bumblebee. It’s a frequent visitor to my newly planted “Little Henry” Sweetspire and seems determined to collect every bit of pollen and nectar that the plant can provide.

Fortunately, he didn’t seem to mind me chasing him around the plant taking pictures of him as he worked.

Quick Facts

Many consider bumble bees to be the most important group of pollinators

Bumblebees hibernate underground

Bumblebees average about 1.5 to 2.5 cm in length

Bumble bees are active even when the weather is bad, unlike other insects

Bumblebees are under threat  – you can help them in your garden by planting bumble bee-friendly flowers

Tips to Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Choose native plants, trees, and shrubs rich in pollen and nectar

Provide continuous bloom so you always have plants blooming from spring until fall

Many native bees build nests in soil, so leave some bare patches and limit your use of mulch

Provide fresh water

Make or buy a bee house

Don’t spray pesticides – garden organically

Some of my favourite bee-friendly plants

  • Bee Balm
  • Lavender
  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • White Clover
  • Rosemary
  • Mint
  • Bachelor’s Buttons
  • Thyme
  • Echinacea – Coneflower
  • Globe Thistle
  • Gayfeather
  • Coreopsis

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