Plants that attract bees for regenerative gardening

Regenerative, thriving gardens include plants that attract bees and butterflies. Photo by Emiel Molenaar on Unsplash

The secret to growing a regenerative and ecologically-successful garden, is diversity in plantlife, inclusion of wildlife and plants that attract bees and other pollinators. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Plant as many different varieties of as many different ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and grains as you possibly can. Cover the soil with a cover crop so that the soil can recover and return to health. Insects, birds and critters, animals and reptiles all play a role in either boosting growth or controlling pests. Copy nature… it is that simple.

A site that has dead soil and nothing going on, can literally be turned in a regenerative food heaven in 3 years and by year 7, if you encourage all animals and insects to play with, you will have a space that can look after itself.

To do this, you need to start with the soil and I have discussed in https://gardeningeden.net/category/soilhealth/ how to easily create soil health.
Create swales where you need them so that water can be directed where you need them.
Plant the biggest variety of plants available to you.
Encourage insect life and allow wildlife. Included below is a list of plants that will attract the most important pollinators.
Lastly, remember that all challenges are simply dealt with by shuffling details around. For example: if you have too many snails, consider getting ducks as they love hunting for snails all day long. Invite owls to keep rodent numbers in check as bigger birds also deter starlings and other fruit-loving birds that my become a problem. Dead soil and a lack of bees can simultaneously be fixed by planting a wildflower meadow as cover crop and also providing cover in the form of insect hotels for example. And always, ALWAYS stay organic.

Flowers and plants that attract bees and butterflies:
Alyssum
Aster
Bee balm
Butterfly bush
Calendula
Cosmos
Daylily
Delphinium
Dianthus
Fennel
Globe thistle
Goldenrod
Hollyhock
Lavender
Marigold
Musk mallow
Nasturtium (Kappertjies)
Oregano
Phlox
Purple coneflower
Queen Anne’s lace
Sage (Salvia)
Scabiosa
Shasta daisy
Stonecrop
Verbena
Yarrow
Zinnia
Plants that attract butterfly larvae:
Borage
Fennel
Grasses
Hollyhocks
Lupine
Milkweed
Nettle
Thistle
Willow
Plants that attract bees:
Allium
Aster
Basil
Bee balm
Bergamot
Borage
Cosmos
Flax
Gaillardia
Geranium
Giant hyssop
Globe thistle
Goldenrod
Helianthus
Hyssop
Lavender
Lupine
Marjoram
Mint
Mullein
Paint brush
Poppy
Rosemary
Sage
Skullcap
Sunflower
Thyme
Verbena
Wallflower
Wild rose
Zinnia
Trees, Shrubs and Fruit that attract butterflies and bees:
Almond
Apple
Blackcurrant
Cherry
Gooseberry
Hawthorn
Linden
Pear
Plum
Raspberry
Strawberry
Wild lilac
Willow

Have you got any tips for attracting bees, moths or butterflies? Please share in the comment box.

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