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:
Raywood Ash Tree
Red Fountain Grass
Blue Oat Grass
Japanese Blood Grass
Regal Mist Grass
Mexican Feather Grass
Plants that flower for only a short time:
Low attraction to Bees: Geraniums
What NOT to plant near your house or walkways:
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.