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NOVA SCOTIA HONEYBEE FRIENDLY SPRING FLOWERS - Make your yard bee friendly

March 19, 2017

Did you know that just as we have favorite foods, so do the bees?  There are specific flowers, herbs and colors that attract bees. Using three seasons of growth (Spring, Summer and Fall), we can tailor our gardens to ensure the honeybees have adequate and appealing forage throughout their active period.

Please remember that the chart below does not cover every flower or plant, and is provided as a guideline.  (It’s what we will be planting as well).  HRM is considered to be in plant hardiness zone 6a/6b.

 

These flowers are considered Spring Bloomers and are the first ones the honeybees will forage from after a long winter:

 

CROCUS.

Zone: 3.4.5.6.7.8

Plant: Oct or Nov

Sun:  Full or Part

Blooms :  spring

Height :  2 to 6 inches

 

HYACINTH

Zone: 4.5.6.7.8

Plant: fall

Sun:  full or part sun

Blooms :  spring

Height :  6 to 12 inches

 

BORAGE

Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Plant: all seasons

Sun:  full sun

Blooms :  spring, summer and fall 

Height :  1 to 3 feet

 

CALENDULA

Zone:

Plant: early spring

Sun:  part sun

Blooms :  spring and summer 

Height :  1 to 3 feet

 

LILAC

Zone: 3,4,5,6,7

Plant: spring

Sun:  part sun

Blooms :  spring and summer 

Height :  5 to 15 feet

 

ROSEMARY

Zone: 8,9,10

Plant: spring

Sun:  part sun

Blooms :  spring and summer

Height :  1 4 feet

 

 

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