Plants NOT to Plant for Bees

Non Bee Plants at Sensible Gardening and Living

I’ve previously posted about which plants attract bees into your garden, Busy Busy Bees, and there is no shortage of information out there. Bee plant lists will vary depending on the location of the plantings as well as the type of bees being attracted.

Apiary / Sensible Gardening and Living
Apiary / Sensible Gardening and Living

Since we have an apiary on our farm and my husband breeds honey bees, we have over the years discovered through trial and error which plants are good bee plants and which plants are simply not attractive to bees (bad bee plants). These plants are beautiful in their own right and certainly garden worthy, however if your goal is to attract bees you should probably avoid planting these plants in favor of more bee friendly plants.


White Begonia / Sensible Gardening and Living


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Daffodiles / Sensible Gardening and Living


Iris Elysium / Sensible Gardening and Living


Phlox / Sensible Gardening and Living


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Impatients / Sensible Gardening and Living


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About Lynne Cherot

It's been a life time of gardening and many years of working in the nursery trade, but now I enjoy exploring and creating in my own gardens and farm fields . I'm passionate about gardening and work alongside my husband who takes care of our apiary. Bees & flowers make a great team! Hopefully by sharing my garden knowledge, your gardening will be easier and more enjoyable.
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2 thoughts on “Plants NOT to Plant for Bees

  1. My guess is your son’s bees are visiting the other flowers in your garden and passing by these:)

  2. That’s interesting….I have all these planted every year (except impatiens because I don’t have shade) and my son has bees!! I must be doing this wrong to help him out!

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