I am always being asked by home gardeners what plants are the best for helping the local wild bee populations? Now I have a collection of my favourites that are guaranteed to provide food for the bees and pollinating insects, which are so important to our ecosystem. Plant these bright and beautiful specimens in your existing garden or start a new one that you will enjoy for many years to come.
Carson's Bee Garden Collection includes:
3 Aster dumosus 'Jenny' (Bare Roots)
We all need more joy in life and the Jenny aster makes me smile. Always a joyous colour in the plant bed, this aster is also a real treasure in a container on a patio or a windy roof.
25 Liatris spicata (Corms)
I was asked once: if you were a plant, what would you be? I promptly answered ‘Liatris of course!’. Tall and attention-getting sums me and this plant up, which is probably why the bees love it so much.
1 Agastache 'Blue Fortune' (2.5" Plant Plug)
I really wanted to include this plant, not just because bees love blue, but because I do too! While part of the Hyssop family, this plant is front and centre in my own perennial garden because it is a crowd pleaser for every type of plant lover.
1 Monarda 'Petite Delight' (2.5" Plant Plug)
Monarda is a must if just for the fact that its common name is ‘Bee Balm’ I have several varieties and the bees can’t get enough. Plant one or two in spots that get a little sun and watch the buffet begin!
2 Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (2.5" Plant Plugs)
Coneflowers are an absolute must in every garden (including mine) because they are the last flowers of the season. They provide food for the bee population about to overwinter, and a focal point in an end-of-season perennial bed.