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Post  backyard Jeff on 3/4/2011, 6:27 pm

What are the flowers that will get the "good" bugs in my garden?

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Re: Good flowers

Post  Furbalsmom on 3/5/2011, 2:46 am

Jeff, I found a couple of links that may help.

The plants most useful for beneficial insects typically have small flowers with exposed nectar and pollen.




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Post  camprn on 3/5/2011, 8:42 am

Generally speaking, any of the 'double' blooms are not attractive to the pollinators.
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Post  Megan on 3/5/2011, 9:04 am

I have had great luck with the following:
sage
salvia
bee balm
lavender
verbena
lantana

In addition, I've heard that borage and thyme are both good bee attractors. I've grown both but to date haven't really seen bees on them.

In general, herbs are great pollinator attractors, and you get the added benefit of being able to use the herbs, too!
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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/5/2011, 9:26 am

Nasturtium is supposed to not only be a good one, but it's edible.

I just read the other day that planting sweet alyssum near potato plants helps keep bugs away from them and draws them to the flower.
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