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I'm looking to attract more bees to my tiny tiny backyard... any specific bee-friendly flower suggestions?

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There's a flower called "Bee's Friend" or "bienen-freund" (Phacelia tanacetifolia) which they say is amazing at attracting bees. I haven't tried it yet, but I will this year.
Good luck!

Kali, we got a ton of good replies on the HOMEGROWN Facebook page:


  • Wendy Barniak Diamon Me too! They LOVE the plants we put it to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. I can't wait to hear what others suggest!
    4 hours ago ·
  • David Moechnig milkweed will attract monarch butterflies.
    4 hours ago ·
  • Evir Allen Fenrir This one small thing I do works wonders, ALLOW the clover patches to take over the yard...don't mow those areas. The bees here are wild for the clover and it has a nice subtle sweet smell that wafts on the breeze. Quite nice. =)
    4 hours ago ·
  • Selena Hurst-Clements House of Bees sells flower seed packets specifically for pollinators. It's a small business out of a guy's garage, and him and his wife are beekeepers (some honeybees, but now mostly mason bees). Good folks. I also notice that all the bees (honey, bumble, etc) seem to like my Rosemary shrubs and Lavendar patch.
    3 hours ago ·
  • Lynn Kalita-Hausch Diversity is key ~ grow everything and attract all pollinators while deterring pests...!
    3 hours ago ·
  • Selena Hurst-Clements ‎(BTW, I don't work for that company in any way. We met the guy last year in our beekeepers assoc. class)
    3 hours ago ·
  • Sarah Martines The only "problem" with milkweed is that it spreads like wildfire. Keeping that in mind, though, birds LOVE the nesting fibers, and the smell when in bloom is magical! :-)
    3 hours ago ·
  • Linda Ring beebalm, sage, lavender, borage... all good attractors for bees :D
    2 hours ago ·
  • The Giving Garden Go for native plants. They not only will attract the bees, they also are food for insects in other stages of their life cycles. Asclepias tuberosa is a great milkweed to try.
    2 hours ago ·
  • Mary Virginia Monarda fistulosa is the native beebalm (bergamot). Also they love the hellebores we sell in spring. And caryopteris shrub in later summer. (It's a dieback shrub in Z 5). Think about all season blooming.
    about an hour ago ·
  • Heather Bartko Corsican Hellebore for attracting bees in late winter/early spring. The bees prefer it over any other type of Hellebore and they are all over the flowers when it is in bloom.
    about an hour ago ·
  • Heather Bartko Also Ceanothus or California Wild Lilac. It's always covered in bees when it blooms.
    about an hour ago ·
Wow thank you to all!  Tons of great suggestions.  I will do some research based on these and figure out what can fit best into my micro yard.

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