Spring time bee garden

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Spring is almost here, seed catalogues are arriving and it’s time to think about what to plant this year for the bees. Below are lists of good bee plants that are worth including in your garden. Months noted with each plant represent the typical time of bloom. N and P indicate whether the flowers are used for nectar and/or pollen.

Shrubs

These are useful spring flowering native shrubs:

Perennials

There are many species of perennial fall asters. All are excellent late sources of nectar and range in height from short to over 6 feet. Here are some more perennials:

Annual and Biennials

Herbs

Most herbs bloom June through August. All are good sources of nectar and are eagerly used by bees.

Bulbs

Fruit

All fruit trees and bushes are good sources of nectar and pollen.

Vegetables

Cover crops

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