Bees are vital to human existence. Without bees and their role in cross pollination, we would run out of food and oxygen. All types of bees, from honeybees to bumblebees, are important to the cycle and growth of every ecosystem on the planet. Unfortunately, the bee population has decreased over the years due to climate change and human impact. You can read more about the roles of bees and their population here.
As an environmentalist I want to do everything I can to protect eco-systems on the planet. So, I decided to start small. I can help save the bees by making my garden bee friendly. I have chosen five affrodable, pretty and bee friendly plants to start off with.
Sunflowers – The bright yellow petals and abundant nectar available will have bees around your garden the whole day.
Blue potato bush or Paraguay nightshade – This cute little purple plant is ideal for smaller gardens. It grows along walls and trees, making it a great decorative plant.
Daisies – Daisies are the easiest to maintain. They blossom in the summer (peak bee season) and don’t need much attention. Daisies are available in a variety of colours that would attract an abundant amount of bees.
Lavender – I never knew bees loved lavender so much until I went to the nursey. Bees literally followed me to the car! Buying a small patch is enough as lavender grows into large bushes.
White roses – Bees are mainly attracted to white, purple and yellow flowers. So if you want roses, then make sure you grow white ones.
A little reminder: bees are not out to get you. They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. They can sense fear and think it’s a sign of threat. They will only attack you if you overreact. So keep calm and save the bees.
– Kayla Shivana