Bee-cause They’re Necessary

Nobody wants to get stung by a bee;  so it’s no surprise that many people shy away from planting flowering shrubs and perennials in fear that they will be attacked by a horde of bees on the way to their car each morning.  This is understandable (even though most bees are not aggressive), but the fact is we NEED flowering shrubs and perennials, particularly natives, to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

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  This doesn’t mean you have to plant Rudbeckia right at your front stoop or Echinacea next to your favorite lounge chair on your back patio.  If bees are an issue for you, particularly if you are allergic, consider planting a large amount of bee loving flowers around the outskirts of your property or in a sunny area you rarely traverse.  Even just a few extra flowers in each yard can make a huge difference.

Here are a few bee loving perennials we use often:

  • Asclepias (butterfly weed)
  • Echinacea (coneflower)
  • Monarda (bee balm)
  • Rudbeckia (blackeyed susan)
  • Aster

So why are bees so necessary?  Check out this video and find out!

-Megan & Brian
www.plantbydesign.com
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