10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

When it comes to caring for your home garden, nothing will be a better friend and helper to you than pollinators. While there are many different kinds of pollinators, bees and butterflies are two of our favorites that are hard-working and beautiful to look at as they help your garden produce an abundance of fruit, vegetables, and beautiful flowers.

10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

But not all plants are as attractive to pollinators, which is why you will often see plants described as “pollinator-friendly” or “attractive to pollinators”. This just means that our pollinator friends will be drawn to them, which can in turn help pollinate other plants around them.

For instance, in a vegetable garden, planting flowers for bees and butterflies can help to instantly improve the visual appearance of the garden, while also attracting pollinators that may not have been as interested in the less showy flowers that appear on most vegetable plants.

These kinds of companion flowers can also help protect against unwanted pests while doing a great job of ensuring that your vegetable and fruit plants are pollinated.

But even if you aren’t planning on growing any vegetables or fruit this year, planting flowers for bees and butterflies is one of the best things you can do to support native pollinators in your area. Especially since those pollinators are responsible for over 75% of all flowering plants and crops, and globally are in decline. 

10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Why Are Pollinators Important?

Why aren’t pollinators important should really be the question we are asking! Like I said above, pollinators are responsible for pollinating more than 75% of all flowering plants and crops. This means that everything from fruit and vegetables to flowers, shrubs, and trees need pollination.

So the next time you are admiring a garden, taking a walk out in nature, or wandering your local grocery store or farmers market just imagine ¾ of everything around you being gone. Kind of frightening to think about isn’t it?

To put it simply, a world without pollinators really wouldn’t be anything like what we experience today, which is why it is so important to protect our pollinator friends. 

Read More: Want to learn how you can help protect bees and other pollinators? Check out this article: Why Are Bees Dying And How You Can Help Save The Bees


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10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

There are so many different flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators like hummingbirds to your garden but below are a few favorites that are both beautiful and relatively easy to grow year after year.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Nasturtiums: These overflowing bee-friendly flowers produce bright red, orange, and yellow flowers that will bloom well into the cooler fall months and do well in pots or hanging baskets. Nasturtiums are also entirely edible (both flower and leaf) and have a similar peppery flavor to watercress that can be added to brighten up any summer dish. 


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Calendula: Calendula is a beautiful bright orange flower that butterflies love and is often used in gardens as a companion plant to prevent against pests. The flowers of calendula are also edible and can be used in cooking or even more commonly as a soothing flower for herbal medicine and natural skin care products.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Cosmos: Cosmos grow easily and have beautiful bright flowers that attract butterflies and bees. They also attract beneficial insects like lacewings, which can help keep other harmful insects like aphids under control in your garden.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Borage: Borage is a beautiful bright blue flower that bees love and often grows wild. Both the leaves and flowers of borage are edible and they are often used in herbal medicine to combat stress and help support the adrenals. Borage grows fast and will reseed itself year after year.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Lavender: Lavender flowers into a beautiful purple flower that both bees and butterflies love. As an added bonus lavender smells amazing and helps to deter mosquitos, ticks, and deer from your garden. Lavender is a Mediterranean herb though and requires full sun and well-draining soil, which can make it more difficult to grow in colder, rainy climates.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Hollyhock: Hollyhock is a beautiful bright biennial flower that grows tall and flowers in midsummer. Because it is a biennial the first year hollyhock will put its energy into growing its foliage, and the next year it will flower. Hummingbirds and butterflies both love hollyhock making it a beautiful flower to add to your garden.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Sunflower: Sunflowers are one of the happiest flowers of summer and are loved by pollinators. Plant then around your vegetable garden to attract bees and act as a naturally beautiful fence. You can also use them to trellis climbing plants like beans.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Phlox: There are many different varieties of phlox that will produce different colored flowers and are loved by pollinators. You will often see phlox growing wild and worked into garden landscapes as it adds beautiful color, can come in varying heights and is generally easy to maintain year after year.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Bee Balm: As the name suggests, bees love bee balm as well as other pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers of bee balm can come in a variety of colors from purple to red and are also edible. You can often find bee balm used medicinally in herbal teas and salves to help combat digestive issues, soothe cold symptoms, and even prevent biting insects.


10 Beautiful And Easy To Grow Flowers For Bees And Butterflies

Purple Coneflower: Purple coneflower or echinacea is a favorite flower to grow in the garden that is loved by butterflies and makes for great cut flower bouquets. It can grow up to a meter tall and is often used in herbal medicine to support immune health, especially during cold and flu season.


With these 10 beautiful flowers for bees and butterflies mixed into your home landscape and vegetable garden, you will easily be able to create a beautiful butterfly and bee garden oasis perfect for helping support native pollinators, while ensuring that your gardens are as productive as possible.

What are a few of your favorite flowers for bees and butterflies that you grow in your garden? Leave your favorite in the comments below!