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Sweeten Up Your Yard For National Honey Month

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Sep 11, 2017

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Do you love to drizzle honey in your tea or bowl of oatmeal? Maybe you eat a dollop of honey on toast for breakfast. Either way, if you love honey, you'll be glad to know that September is National Honey Month. This month celebrates American beekeeping as well as highlights how important bees are to mankind. Not a beekeeper? You can still join in on the fun. Learn about some plants you can add to your landscape that are especially attractive to bees. Enjoy!

Asters

Bees are attracted to the lovely blue, purple, and pink petals of these late-summer blooms. Chances are good that you have a lot of neighbors who grow these low-maintenance flowers in their yards. There are many varieties to choose from, such as the Bluebird, October Skies, and Silver Spring. These flowers should be planted in mid-spring in a patch of ground that gets full sun. They require about one inch of rainfall per week, or else they'll need to be watered.

Black-Eyed Susans

These flowers bloom in mid-summer and again in autumn. In fact, this flower is also known as the Autumn Sun. They flourish in full sunlight but can endure partial shade. Black-eyed Susans have bright yellow petals surrounding a dark brown center. They are perennials and annuals that grow close together in large numbers. Many bees search out big groups of flowers of all the same type: This makes the work of visiting lots of nectar-filled flowers a little bit easier. On an interesting note, birds such as American goldfinches eat the small black seeds on this flower to build up strength for the cold winter months. I like the idea of planting flowers that serve both the bees and the birds.

Blue Giant Hyssop

These hardy plants are covered with brilliant purple petals and are full of nectar that's irresistible to bees. They can grow to be about three feet tall and look very dramatic when planted against a white fence. Blue Giant hyssop grows best in an area that receives full sunlight and has rich, well-draining soil.

Horsemint

Horsemint is also known as spotted bee balm. These pink and white flowers should be planted in an area that gets full sunlight so they will thrive. Horsemint blooms from July to September and has a unique fragrance.

Purple Coneflowers

Bunches of these pale purple flowers are popular gathering areas for bees. They bloom in late summer and can continue to flourish into the fall. This flower looks like a purple daisy, and like the black-eyed Susan, it serves as a food source for American finches. These are full-sun blooms that need about an inch of rainfall each week. If you have very little rain in the summer, be sure to water your purple coneflowers.

In addition to planting some bee-friendly flowers in your yard, you may want to create a bee bath. Bees need a certain amount of water to remain healthy, just as most other animals do. Combine a collection of colorful, nectar-filled flowers with an appealing bee bath and you'll have the most popular meeting place for the bees in your neighborhood.

Thanks for reading. - Alan

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