As of a couple weeks ago, bumblebees have been declared endangered. This is a result of many factors: insecticide, construction and building of new homes, and gardeners favoring double-headed flowers. To fix the mess we made, I created a list of tips on restoring the bee population! For more information on how you can help, visit www.bumblebee.org.
Flowers To Plant
• Spring: heathers, crocuses, primroses, comfrey, lungwort, pieris, aubretia, rhododendron, cornflower. The bees will use dense patches of heather as shelter for when the weather fluctuates unexpectedly.
• Summer: indian balsam, phacalia, viper's bugloss, geraniums, aquilegia, lupins, snapdragons. Believe it or not, bees also love fruits and herbs! You can also plant raspberry, strawberry, tomato and herbs like thyme, marjoram, sage, and borage.
• Fall: lavenders and salvias. Most herbs are also great for fall as the bees slowly end their cycle.
Even if you don't have a garden, you can plant these in a window container or pot! Try to avoid double-head flowers. Yes, they look nice in your garden but they don't provide pollination for the bees!