Do You Grow Flowers to Attract Beneficial Insects?


| 7/29/2009 8:37:00 PM


Many organic gardeners grow a variety of flowers to provide nectar and pollen for the many beneficial insects that help prevent any serious pest outbreaks. What are your favorite flowers that feed the good bugs? Please tell us by posting a comment below.


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natalie peterson_1
9/29/2009 8:37:05 PM

I plant hyssops and the bees go wild for them. I have seen bumblebees and honeybees covering these beautiful plants. They get quite large, I planted mine last year and they are already 4-5 feet tall. While I see bees on alot of my flowers I would have to say I see the most bees on my hysspos,liatris,salvia,russian sage,catmint and sedum. The butterflies of course go for the butterfly shrubs but they also seem to like the sedum and the hibscus.


natalie peterson_2
9/29/2009 8:36:40 PM

I plant hyssops and the bees go wild for them. I have seen bumblebees and honeybees covering these beautiful plants. They get quite large, I planted mine last year and they are already 4-5 feet tall. While I see bees on alot of my flowers I would have to say I see the most bees on my hysspos,liatris,salvia,russian sage,catmint and sedum. The butterflies of course go for the butterfly shrubs but they also seem to like the sedum and the hibscus.


Gabriel
8/3/2009 12:36:50 AM

I'm growing a whole mess o' sunflowers and let some broccoli and radishes flower and go to seed--honeybees love them! Thanks for the tip about 4 o'clocks, Elise, I'm going to research them because the Japanese beetles were atrocious this year!






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