17 Aug '12, 9am

400 Bee Friendly Plants That Will Make Your Garden Buzz

400 Bee Friendly Plants That Will Make Your Garden Buzz

Britain's estimable Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has compiled two invaluable lists of 400 plants that provide nectar and pollen for bees. Since that's what the bees need for pollination, and that's what allows flowers to become fertilised and produce seeds, it's important for gardeners to know the key plants to grow. In the last 20 years there has been a dramatic decline in bee numbers in Britain. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 The RHS has published two lists of flowers that are good for the bees . One is a list of flowers, the other a list of wildflowers. Some we call weeds but they really aren't, such as clover in the lawn and wild parsnips in the flower bed. Bonnie Alter/CC BY 2.0 There are many familiar plants in the garden flower list: honeysuckle, euphorbia, wallflowers, geraniums ,bee balm,echinacea, holly and hellebores. In the wildflower list; clover, thyme, crabappl...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/bee-friendly-plants...

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