5 of the Most Bee-Friendly Flowers To Plant in Your Garden

When it comes to saving the bees, there’s more than one way to support the population of this pollinator. If you’re searching for a simple and accessible way to help the general bee population, consider showing your support by growing a garden. In this article, we’ll share five of the most bee-friendly flowers to plant in your garden. Check out these bee-utiful suggestions!

California Poppies

Bees are attracted to flowers for a variety of reasons. Shape, color, and fragrance can all influence where a bee decides to land. When you plant California poppies in your backyard, you specially cater to honeybees’ flower-shape preference.

Honeybees prefer the cup shape of California poppies because it makes collecting nectar much more accessible.


While they’re not a common plant seen in most gardens, liatris flowers are beloved by most bees. You’ll love the unique purple and violet color of the tiny blossoms on the plant’s tall stem, and bees will love its pollen! This flower reaches peak bloom in summer, so it’s best to plant liatris seeds in early spring, or you can buy liatris bulbs and plants from your local nursery. Not only will you attract new bees into your garden, but you’ll be adding a gorgeous, unusual flower to your backyard greenery.


The color of your flowers significantly impacts what pollinators visit your backyard. Honeybees are especially attracted to yellow, orange, red, and white flowers.

Marigolds boast the perfect bright yellow-orange hue to add to your bee-friendly garden. Bees love this plant’s golden color, and marigolds can ward off pests near vegetable crops!


For a delicate touch of color, consider planting beautiful phlox in your backyard. It comes in both a tall, spiky form and a creeping variety. The blooms of either variety will draw more honeybees into your backyard because of their highly fragrant smell.


When you plant thyme in your backyard, both you and bees can benefit. The intense fragrance that thyme flowers emit will attract bees to pollinate your entire garden, while you can use this herb to add to steaks and other beef dishes, salads, and soups. Why not make your garden a mutually beneficial passion project between yourself and your local honeybees?

We hope our list of the five most bee-friendly flowers to plant in your garden has been helpful. Remember, there’s more than one way to show your support for honeybees. Whether or not you have a green thumb, you can donate to save bees or educate the public on protecting this insect.

For more information on how to join this cause, browse our Save the Bee website.