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Pollinating Plants To Grow

Jennifer Smith

Posted on May 09 2019

Bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators really don't get enough credit. When gardeners see bees in the garden, they go stiff, fearful of getting stung; but if we leave them alone, we learn that they are helping to produce over 1/3 of the foods we eat.

When pollinating insects approach plants, they feed on the sweet nectar of plants; but really, they are allowing our plants to mature. When bees and other pollinators can't reach plants, that's when they die and we suffer. 

It's time to save the bees, beginning in spring through fall, by planting pollinating flowers, shrubs and vegetables. Here's a brief list of pollinating plants to grow:

  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Lemon Balm
  • Elderberry
  • Clover
  • Apples
  • Aster
  • Sunflowers
  • Redbuds
  • Butterfly bushes
  • American Holly
  • Buckeye


Some of these pollinating flowers and herbs, such as Lavender, Thyme and Aster are deer-resistant plants that can be used to keep deer away from gardens, as a bonus. 

Some plants require partial pollination or are self pollinating. The self-pollinating vegetables include tomatoes, green peppers and chili peppers,eggplants, green beans, lima beans, sweet peas, and peanuts. 
When we help the bees, we help ourselves. Be a hero by growing pollinating plants.