Best Fall Flowers for Bees to Help Them Overwinter

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I’ve always enjoyed gardening both for what I grow to feed my family and what I can offer back to feed the wildlife.  Since humans expand their territory more and more, we are taking away land that wildlife used to rely on for their needs. I think it’s only fair that I give back what I can. Planting the best fall flowers for bees is an easy way to give back.

9 Fall Flowers for Bees to help them overwinter

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Best Fall Flowers for Bees

In recent years, we have lost many of our bees due to colony collapse disorder. Without bees and other pollinators, we have no food. Helping them stay healthy and overwinter when possible is something that I can do. The best fall flowers for bees are those that help them overwinter.

Different plants will do well in different gardening zones.  In Zone 4, where I live, we are fairly limited once the first frost arrives. If you’re in a milder climate, you can help your bees overwinter by offering them these plants.

The best fall flowers for bees to help them over winter

Bees stop flying when it gets below 50F. They huddle around the queen in their hive to keep her warm. They all rotate around so that they stay as warm as possible throughout the winter. Hibernating honey bees consume the honey that they store up during the year – that they make from the pollen and nectar that they collect from your flowers.

The best fall flowers for bees to help them over winter

If you’d like to give back a little bit to the bees who help provide the food we eat, try planting some of these 9 fall flowers for bees to help them overwinter.

9 Fall Flowers for Bees to help them overwinter

The best fall flowers for bees will either have a lot of sugary nectars or protein-rich pollen that the honey bees value for extra energy.

  • Asters (perennial)
  • Joe-Pye Weeds (perennial)
  • Goldenrod (perennial)
  • Marigolds (annual)
  • Sunflower (annual)
  • Cleome (annual)
  • Barberry (shrub)
  • Zinnias (annual)
  • Sedum (perennial)

Can you grow Baby’s breath? What do you think? Or, why not learn more about growing your own alternatives to grass this year.

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  1. Jackie @ RunwithJackabee says
    This is such a great post! I am terrified of bees (because of a bad experience) but I know how important they are.  I will have to throw a few of these plants in our garden for the fall to help them get ready for winter :)
  2. Great list of flowers! I need to plant more of these as I work on my gardens. Sharing this on my FB page!

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