Planting flowers for bee food is the #1 way you can help both honey bees and native bees! Many bees are limited because of food availability.

Here is a quick snapshot of some great flowers that will grow here in Lethbrige and can be found at many of our garden centers and hardware stores:

Early-blooming:
  • Sibrerian Squill (scilla)
  • Crocus
  • Alliums
  • Chives
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Columbine
Mid-season:
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Honeysuckle
  • Blanket Flower
  • Zinnias
  • Raspberry Bushes
  • Mints (keep them contained as they will spread)
  • Thyme (both culinary and creeping)
  • Oregano
Late-season:
  • Yarrow
  • Sunflowers (avoid “pollen-less” varieties, all others are great)
  • Blackeyed Susan
  • Asters
  • Tickseed (coreopsis)
Trees & Shrubs:
  • Pussywillow
  • Mountain ash (sorbus)
  • Sycamore
  • Wild Dog Rose
  • Apple Trees
  • Pear Trees

For more information, check out this Pollinator Planting Guide for the Moist Mixed Grasslands, developed by the Pollinator Partnership. It is an excellent resource for planting for bees.

We also highly recommend Victory Gardens for Bees by Lori Wedienhammer, a tree Bee Enthusiast from BC.

Important Tips for Planting for Bees:
  • Plant in clumps or patches rather than rows or single flowers. This will make your flowers more attractive to bees.
  • AIm to have something blooming all season long, from early spring to late fall.
  • Choose drought-tolerant and/or native plants whenever possible.