Herb Planting For Bees

Herb planting for bees.......helps bee and other pollinators, and fills your garden with scent, colour and flavour.....

There's a great variety of wild and cultivated herbs for bees out there!

Of course, herbs not only help pollinators, they have many uses for humans too: cooking, medicinal uses, fragrance, not to mention their beauty and verstility in the garden.

Many herbs are among the best plants for bees, and herb planting is always  in fashion. 

You may or may not have space for a large kitchen herb garden, but most people can squeeze in a few herbs at least somewhere, even if they only have a yard, balcony, hanging basket or doorstep. 

A container herb garden, or a window herb garden are other options.

A pot of herbs also makes a lovely gift (to the recipient and the bees - if they are outdoor herbs in an appropriate pot), and can be prepared easily at home. Home-made gifts such as these are increasingly appreciated - and not only by gardeners. 

If you are purchasing ready grown herb plants rather than growing from seed, please try to purcahse from an organic supplier to ensure they have not been cultivated with the use of an insecticide that is toxic for bees - particularly a neonicotinoid.


Here is my list of ideal herbs for bees!

I have read that borage refills with nectar every 2 minutes! This is exceptionally fast. No wonder all kinds of bees love it!

Catmint (Nepeta)
(Note, cats love it too!)

Allow them to flower. You can still clip a few of the stalks for cooking.

(Pictured right). Another excellent flower for bees – refills with nectar approximately every 45 minutes.

Attracts bees and butterflies.

Choose different varieties for a prolonged season.

The sage family of plants are wonderful for bees and other pollinators.

Thyme Marjoram/Origanum
Thyme can also be used to create a small patch of lawn. The fragrance and look are beautiful. Butterflies like thymes too.

Mints (Mentha)
Bees love the flowers, but I have read that some beekeepers apply mint oil diluted with water to their beehives to deter wax moth. I am aiming to place a pot of mint close to a bumblebee nest when I next find one, to see if it helps bumblebees too.

Lemon Balm
In the past, beekeepers would rub a handful of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) inside the hive after hiving a new swarm, in order to help the swarm settle and to encourage them not to leave the hive. Rubbing hands with the leaves is also claimed to help prevent bee stings!

Also popular with seed-eating birds and hoverflies. Find out how to grow Fennel here.

Pretty herb loved by a variety of bees and hoverflies.

Wild Bergamot
Long tongued bees especially, enjoy this pretty herb.

Pretty flowers loved by bees.

Another great bee and butterfly plant.

Gorgeous shrub loved by bees and other insects.

Excellent early food source for bees.

I came across an excellent website about medicinal herbs, with a very nice section on growing herbs. (Clicking the link opens a new window).

Go from Herb Planting For Bees to one of these links to find out about more about planting for bees:

Bee plant lists
Take a look at these different lists of plants for bees. including wildflowers, garden plants, trees, shrubs and even fruit and vegetables!

Plants for problem places
Even in conditions of clay soil, drought and shade, there are plants you can include in your garden to attract bees. Go from Herb Planting For Bees

Create a bee garden!
Some great handy tips for creating a garden to attract bees.

Free Plants!
It needn't cost a fortune to create a bee garden! Take a look at these ideas for getting free (or nearly free) garden plants!

Bee pollination
What makes bees such excellent pollinators, and how important are they?

Save the bees!
Here are 10 simple things you can do to help the bees. Why not share these tips with your friends?

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