Gardening Tips

      Tip 1023

Bee Free Gardening

Are you allergic to Bees? Or just hate to be intimidated by them?

 

The first thing you should realize if you are considering a landscape that is relatively “Bee Free”, is that bee’s are too happy when they are pollinating flowers to concern themselves with people.

Where you want to avoid an encounter with a bee is in the garage, your house or especially your car. These bees are out of their normal environment and upset. They could actually come from your neighbor’s yard. Planting bee-attracting flowers far away from your home and walkways can be a good way to keep them out of these more dangerous areas.

 

Bees really are vital to the reproduction of our plants and the supply of our food. They need our respect and to be regarded as allies. There are many gardeners who would like to add to their landscape, but would just as soon have the bee population next door. Since it is better to give the bees no reason to visit your yard than to kill them; here are a few suggestions:

 

Plants that do not attract Bees:

Japanese Anemones

Magnolia

Bamboo

Trumpet Vines

Ginger

Agave

Raywood Ash Tree

Creeping Fig

Palm Trees

Dusty Miller

Artemisia

Red Fountain Grass

Deer Grass

Blue Oat Grass

Pampas Grass

Japanese Blood Grass

Regal Mist Grass

Mexican Feather Grass

 

Plants that flower for only a short time:

Pineapple Guave

Euonymus

Ornamental Peppers

Xylosma

 

 

Low attraction to Bees: Geraniums

 

 

 

What NOT to plant near your house or walkways:

Bachelor's Button

Basil

Black-Eyed Susan

Butterfly Bush

catnip

Citrus

Clematis

Coreopsis

Cotoneaster

Dame's Rocket

Dill

Honeysuckle

Hydrangea

Larkspur

Lavender

Mexican Hat

Plumbago

Rose of Sharon

Rosemary

Salvia

Sweet William

Thyme

Zinnia

 

 

What NOT to Do:

Do not leave dead wood as branches and entire trees standing on your property if possible. This is the environment that fosters beehives. They also like to have a water source, so having a pond or other standing water would be reason for caution.

 

 

 

 



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