Garden flowers are one of the most effective ways to attract bees to your yard. While many people have successfully used flower landscape to entice bees, there is a much better way to do it without wasting your time and money. The best way is with flower landscape in containers. Not only is this the cheapest method, it is also the most effective.
There are three different types of flower landscape for you to choose from. There are annuals, perennials and biennials. Annual flowers should be kept in pots throughout the year. Biennials and perennials can live in your garden all year long as they are properly watered and fertilized. So, let’s take a closer look at these three types of flower landscape for honey bees.
Spring Flowers – This is perhaps the best time to send out the bees because these flowers are pollinated by the bees. It is also the height of the flower season, so you will receive the largest number of blooms in this season. Many varieties of tulips, daffodils, freesias, and hydrangeas are very appropriate for this flower landscape. The best time for planting is during early spring.
Summer Flowers – The best time to plant these is during the cool winter months. Most varieties of garden plants are not suitable for this period of the year. Roses, hydrangeas, daffodils, and tulips are only good choices during this period. If you have an established garden, then there are many different types of flowers that you can choose from. Just keep in mind that a majority of flowers bloom in April which is around the beginning of the flower planting season. In this instance, tulips and daisies will be the best choice of garden plants.
Fall Flowers – The best garden flower to plant during fall is a variety of cranberries. Cranberries have the most edible seeds so they are great additions to the fall gardens of beekeepers. They will provide your garden with berries year round and will not go to waste. Other fruits and flowers that are good to use for this time period are apples, blueberries, peaches, and pears. Other flowers that are good to use are plums, peonies, apricots, and persimmons.
Flowering shrubs – A lot of insects like to feed on flowers so the best option is to plant some shrubs near the flowerbed. You should also make sure that your flowerbed receives a lot of nutrients and water. Some insects may be deterred by the smell of blossoms but most will not.
Wildflowers – These flowers do not need to be sold. You can find them growing wild in your area. They can be found on the forest floors or along river banks. Wildflowers do not need to be planted in rows but spread out in a wild way creating an illusion of an open space. This will entice the bees to settle down into your garden.
Garden Irrigation Systems – Most insects are affected by garden irrigation systems. If you are having trouble with certain species of insects in your garden, you may want to look into a water irrigation system. Honeybees will not be deterred by an oversupply of water so it will always be advantageous to place such a system near a flowerbed. Garden Irrigation systems are readily available from most garden centers. They are easy to install and will keep your flowers healthy and safe.
Bird Bees – If you are having trouble attracting birds to your flower garden there are a few things you can try. One thing you can do is to build bird houses near your garden. Birds are attracted to flowers and will settle in and look for food. If you are having trouble attracting birds to your garden a great remedy would be to put out bird feeders. You should also place hummingbird feeders nearby so that the birds can take their natural pollinating route.
Bee Products – There are many different types of bee products available. The best garden flowers for honey bees are nectar rich flowers. Apples, cranberries, plums, peaches, pears and even some fruits like watermelons can be used as nectar. Nectar rich flowers are easy for bees to work with and provide them with what they need to produce good honey. Also the beekeeper does not have to buy expensive bee supplies. Most beekeepers start off with a jar of syrup and then use it to make their own bee products that are free to the bees.
Garden Flowers – The best garden flowers for honey bees are those that attract insects. Apples, sunflowers, bee balm and lavender are all very popular flowers for the home garden. These garden flowers are easy for bees to work with and provide them with what they need to produce honey. You should also avoid buying too many different kinds of flowers for the bees. A garden full of the same flowers attracts the same type of insects, so it is best to buy just a few varieties that are unique to your area.