Best Flowers to Grow in Your Garden


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And if you need more convincing that flowers are great for your garden and your pets, consider this. Flowers are the “bread and butter” of bees , which means having a wide variety blooming at different times throughout the year helps keep honey bees healthy because they have fresh pollen to eat all year long. It also ensures there is always something blooming that can be harvested for honey.

Flowers are not only beautiful but work wonders in your garden, too! I want to share with you today some of my absolute favorite flowering plants that grow well in gardens everywhere. These are easy-to-grow varieties that require minimal care once they’re established, along with tips for growing and caring for them.

Lavender

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Lavender is a prime example of a low-maintenance flower that benefits pollinators and is easy to grow in your garden. Most lavenders require six hours of sunlight per day, well-draining soil, and good air circulation around their roots to thrive. Lavenders also need the right amount of water: not too much and not too little – if you over or under water them, they won’t flower as well.

Sunflowers

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Sunflowers are beautiful, tall plants with large flowers that attract pollinators. They prefer six or more hours of direct sunlight per day and well-draining soil. The seeds in sunflower heads are another great source of food for birds, particularly in winter when their natural food sources diminish.Sunflowers also make wonderful cut flowers if you want to bring them indoors for bouquets.

Roses

Roses require a bit more care than some other flowering plants because they have thorns and can be harder to grow from seed, but they’re worth it! Not only do they come in a wide range of colors and scents , many varieties offer both beauty and delicious nectar for honeybees . If you live in a colder area, you can plant dormant roses in the fall and they’ll bloom again in spring. Rose bushes are also extremely useful for making your own rose water , which is a great skin care product to add to your home remedies.

Zinnias

Zinnias are an easy-to-grow, drought-resistant flower that attracts pollinators to your garden. They can be planted from seed or grown from cuttings and can even grow in partial shade. Zinnias are a great cut flower to add to bouquets, too.

Sedum

Sedums are another type of drought-resistant flower that are easy to grow, even in partial shade if you live in a hot, sunny area. They can be planted from seed or cuttings and require very little watering once they’re established. These low-maintenance beauties don’t need much pampering! Sedums also come in a variety of colors, making them perfect for your garden or cut bouquets.

Delphinium

Delphiniums are tall flowers that require full sunlight and well-draining soil to thrive. You’ll find these plants often used in perennial beds because they come back year after year. The plants themselves will not produce nectar for pollinators, but bees will enjoy the pollen from their many purple and blue flowers.

Cosmos

Cosmos are another great pollinator favorite that require full sunlight and well-draining soil to thrive. Like delphiniums, they’ll come back year after year if you plant them in a good location and thin out the seedlings during the first few growing seasons. Cosmos can be planted with other plants or left to grow on their own – they don’t need much pampering once they’re established.

Black Eyed Susan

Black eyed susan flowers range from yellow to brown to orange depending on the variety and require very little care once established. Like zinnias, these plants can be planted from seed or cuttings and will flower year after year with few problems! Plus, bees love their nectar so they’ll often visit your garden if you have these beautiful flowers.

Coneflowers

Coneflowers come in a variety of colors and attract pollinators to your garden with their nectar-filled blooms. These beautiful, tall plants are somewhat drought-tolerant once established but they prefer rich soil, lots of water, and six or more hours of sunlight per day. You can usually find them growing along the edges of woods because they like it there! Coneflowers also make excellent cut flowers since they last well when brought indoors for bouquets so be sure to plant several next summer and enjoy them inside and out.

Globe Thistle

Globe thistles are amazing wildflowers that look great planted in groups or even on their own! They grow to be around three feet tall and produce bright purple blooms that are absolutely stunning, especially if you plant them near green foliage.

Conclusion

When you see a bee flying from flower to flower in your garden, it means a complete hive inspection has occurred which involves the bee gathering nectar and pollen samples from each individual flower. This is how they test out which plants will benefit the hive before going back later for a full harvest.

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