April showers are only a part of what brings May flowers; the rest of the work is done by busy, busy bees! Because we love our bees and everything they do, we're working to make the world a more habitable place for them. But there are so many flowers and herbs beneficial to bees that it can be hard to find a good place to start or plants that can survive Utah's unique weather, so we made this helpful infographic to let you know which bee-friendly flowers are perfect for planting in your garden.
The best flowers to start with are those native to Utah! Native plants are more likely to survive our weather patterns and Utah is home to some beautiful bee-friendly wildflowers: like crimson or golden columbine, larkspur, black-eyed Susans, and sunflowers. Or branch out a little with plants that grow great in our sunny state! Hardy hollyhock, lush lavender, and tropical hibiscus love the warm sun, but marigold and sweet pea are also very common and easy to grow in Utah.
If you've got a really green thumb, plant a garden to grow your own herbs, fruits, and veggies! Watermelon, strawberries, apples, and squash have blooms bees love. And fennel, rosemary, thyme, basil, and mint are all herbs that are not only great in all your favorite dishes but great for feeding and bringing the bees.
Worried about getting started or want to get into gardening later in the season and still help the bees? Find zinnias, verbena, and scabiosa at your local greenhouse for bee-friendly flowers guaranteed to survive germination or for tips on the best ways to plant, water, or fertilize your garden.
So, help save the bees this spring by planting bee-friendly flowers.