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11 Easy Plants to Attract Honey Bees to Your Yard

It should be no surprise at this point that bees are crucial to our ecosystem. Without bees, we wouldn’t be able to grow any of the food that we all eat on a daily basis! If you live in Franklin, Massachusetts you might be worried about which plants you can grow to help out the local bee population, as well as a few other pollinators, even with New England’s cooler temperatures.

It turns out there are plenty of beautiful flowers and plants that you can grow in your own yard here in Franklin! Bees love native plants, so here is a short list of the best plants to grow in New England:

Bee Friendly Plants For Franklin:

Black-eyed Susan

Sedum

Daisy

Rose

Sunflower

Zinnia

Beebalm

While some of these are widely considered weeds, they can still be just as pretty to accent your landscape and give the bees something to come back for!

“Weeds” That Are Good For Bees:

Dandelion

Any Kind of Clover

Goldenrod

Milkweed

Adding any of these flowers to your landscape will not only help out the local bee population, but they will also help you and your family feel happier with the outside of your home on a daily basis. It’s a win-win! Your neighbors will definitely notice the effort you’ve begun putting into your garden, too!

We have compiled an easy-to-read table below with some of the most important information to consider when choosing what to populate your lawn with! This includes the locations you might be considering and how much shade they have, how often you’ll need to water the plants, and how much blooming you can expect. If you are starting with seeds, they sometimes take until the year after to bloom so make sure you plan ahead!



This is only a quick overview, each of these flowers has many other factors they need to thrive, such as the pH balance in their soil, and there are options for pre-started flowers to keep in mind if you want to see your flowers sooner!

Show the bees in Franklin that your house is the best place to hang out, and show your neighbors that you care about the environment and your yard’s appearance this bee season!


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