By adding herbs that produce nectar, you can have fantastic flavors to dress a plain dish while ensuring that those hard working bees can catch a rest and a snack. Here are just a few types of herbs that provide a habitat for your fuzzy visitors.
Rosemary is a flavorful and versatile herb that you may end up enjoying more than the bees. Its needle-like leaves and flowers can be used as seasoning or steeping tea. The aromatic woody scent attracts bees from all over and since it’s a perennial, it’ll keep coming back.
Another excellent addition to your garden is marjoram. This fragrant citrusy herb is wonderful for topping a dish at the last moment for a burst of flavor. The small pinkish-white flowers are bee-magnets for all breeds of bees, including bumblebees and honeybees.
The leaves and flowers of chives can provide a strong, onion-flavored seasoning to any food but they’re also well-loved by the bees when the flowers blooms. Since the flowers are early bloomers, the nectar is ready for the bees as soon as it’s warm enough to start scouting away from the hive.
Borage is one of the top attractors of bees and definitely a staple if you’re looking to create an attractive yard for the pollinators, due to its copious production of nectar. It’s also a great insect-repellent, so it’s useful around any veggies you might want to grow. You can also use the flowers in salads and the leaves as garnishes to a cool drink.
Bergamot is commonly used in teas and has a faint lemony scent with purple flowers that bees absolutely adore. It’s an annual, but you can replant the seeds the following year. And just like borage, it’s an insect-repellant so sowing it near fruit plants is one way to improve your garden.
However you choose to create a habitat for the bees, you’re also going to benefit from the seeds you plant. With a wide range to select from and the different flavors of herbs, you’re sure to find something that creates a little delight for the bees.