Additional Links and Information
Bees, Beekeeping and Plants Bees Love:
Clemson University: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/beekeepers/ where there are links to fact sheets and newsletters. Click on Newsletters then on the 2012 February newsletter for an update on neonicotinoid insecticides’ effects on bee health.
From Hank Smalling, Master Gardener: What Bees Like (plant list)
(Note: some of these plants are invasive or have other characteristics undesirable in a home landscape. Research each plant before deciding to use it.)
Spring: wildflowers, hot lips sage, speedwell, prickly pear, oak leaf and lace cap hydrangea, chicory, white clover, scabiosa (pincushion flower), verbena
Summer: coneflower, bee balm, zinnia, butterfly bush, Russian sage, great blue sage, hosta
Fall: False dragonhead, swamp sunflowers, aster, Mexican heather, Confederate rose, fleeceflower (“Red Dragon”), goldenrod, tea olives