The Best Nectar-Rich Flowers That Bees Can't Get Enough Of

You already know it's necessary to keep bees around, but do you know the best way to keep them coming back, season after season?

It's all about the types of flowers you grow and how much nectar they have.

Bees actually prefer small, simple flowers over showy, double-petaled flowers, and these are my top picks for the best plants to grow to attract them to your garden.



Borage is a culinary and medicinal herb that’s usually grown as an annual flower. It’s the most delightful edible plant, with a sweet, refreshing flavor similar to cucumber. 


Calendula blooms all season long from spring through fall, and even moreso when picked and deadheaded regularly.



The mounds are basically beacons for bees, which are drawn to the flower’s rich nectaries. 



Milkweed benefits bees, which love the clusters of little flowers that produce an abundance of nectar even in dry years.


The mint family (Lamiaceae) includes culinary classics like mint, basil, sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme, savory, and lavender, as well as lesser-known lemon balm and anise hyssop.


The mint family

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