Bees, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds: What to plant to help pollinators

Spring is a perfect time to not only plant your Bios Urns®, and trees – but also to plant other things which help local pollinators and wildlife! Spring is a great time to plant because the temperatures are leveling, and everything goes into full bloom.
The best thing is these can all be planted in either pots, or outdoors. So even if you live in an apartment, or a small flat, you can still help local bees and butterflies!

Bee-friendly to your local pollinators!

Bees are extremely valuable, and we rely on them to pollinate a large portion of the world´s plants. Almost everything we eat is because of the hard work of bees. In recent years, bee populations have been severely declining. Here´s how you can do small things to help! Whether you live in a home or an apartment, these plants can be planted outdoors in planters to help assist bee and pollinator communities. Growing from seed is a good option as well. Bees enjoy a different range of flowers. On top of these helpful plants, we also recommend not using pesticides or herbicides. Most of the same plants that help bees, also help other pollinators like butterflies, which have been declining in recent years as well.

For the Bees

Spring: Blueberry, Crabapple, Cotoneaster, Cranberry, Crocus, Foxglove, Heliotrope, Hazelnut, Heather, Primrose, Willow.
Summer: Blackberry, Cat Mint, Catnip, Chives, Dahlia, Hyssop, Lavender, Rasberry, Sunflower, Yarrow
Fall: Aster, Borage, Coneflower, Cornflower, Cosmos, Goldenrod, Pumpkin, Sedum, Squash.

Some other herb options include Calendula, sage, and basil. Bees are especially attracted to bright colored flowers, like daisies, geraniums, roses, and poppies. Some of their favorite trees include fruit trees!

Make a Bee Bath: Another thing you can do is make a little bee bath for bees to drink. You can make a bee bath simply by filling a shallow bowl or a small container, and putting some rocks, twigs, or even flower petals (for them to land on.) Place this in your garden, and be sure to clean out the water for them on a regular basis.

For the other Pollinators (butterflies, hummingbirds, caterpillars)

Butterfly bush
Bee balm
Butterfly weed
Musk mallow

There are more than just these listed above. Wildflowers are always a beautiful touch of color that not only enhance the beauty of your environment, but also help pollinator communities.
Hummingbird Feeder: You can also set up a small hummingbird feeder using artificial nectar. These are popular, and hummingbirds very much enjoy them! A great way to reuse old plastic bottle is to poke holes and fill it with seeds too!

The Bios Urn® can be used with any flowering tree, or shrub as well.

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  1. Melissa Swenka says

    This article is such a great resource for helping support the bee and pollinator populations! Thank you so much for sharing this data. I did happen to notice, though, that you’re missing a verb in the very first sentence; “are” might work there. Keep up the great work!! 😀

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