The bee population in the world is shrinking. That’s bad news for humans. Most of the food we eat is the result of bees pollinating plants to help them propagate. If the bees disappear, so will we because wind pollination of plants is insufficient to supply the world’s population with food. Without bees, we can survive on this planet for only 7 years. That's frightening!
A colorful assortment of perennial plants, especially those native to North America are excellent sources of nutrition for bees. By planting bee-friendly flowers in sunlight, we supply nectar and pollen to the bees. That assists them in the preservation of both their species and ours. In the UK, government research has found that the entire bumble bee population in that country is sustained solely by the flower gardens of private homes.
Here is a list of well known perennials that are bee-friendly: Agastache, Aster, Echinacea, Eupatorium, Helianthus, Lavandula, Lupinus, Penstemon, Rudbekia, Salvia and Sedum. The list of flowering shrubs that attract bees include Rhododendron, Ribes, Salix. Sambucus, Symphoricarpos, and Vaccinium. Herbs that attract bees are Basil, Marjoram and Rosemary.
Plant a flower garden to save the bees and preserve the human race!