Friday 30 October, 2020

Give bees some love by growing these plants in your garden

Image by vizyweb from Pixabay

Image by vizyweb from Pixabay

Bees have been declared by some to be the most important living creature on Earth, and yet their numbers continue to decline.

Growing bee-friendly plants are one way to help the bee population to continue and ensure food sustainability as well as biodiversity.

Here are several Caribbean plants which bees love:

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1. Coral Honeysuckle

This climbing vine not only provides nectar for bees, it also produces beautiful bright flowers wherever it grows. It creates a beautiful garden focal point while providing food for hungry bees and hummingbirds. Ensure however that you trim this vine, which can be considered invasive in some areas.


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3) Marigolds

The versatile and easy-to-grow marigold is a great source of nectar for bees. They are also easy to grow and bloom well in warm temperatures.


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4. Passionflower 

Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a fast-growing perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems. A member of the passionflower genus Passiflora, the maypop has large, intricate flowers with prominent styles and stamens.


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5. Lantanas

These bright wildflowers bring butterflies and bees wherever they grow. Bright colours of red, yellow and orange attract bees and give them a lovely source of food.


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6. Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine (Clytostoma callistegioides) is another attention-grabber in the garden, creating a stunning visual show as these vines climb walls trellises or whatever frame you want them to adorn.

In return, they provide bright red flowers that bees gravitate toward.


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7. Ixoras

No Caribbean home is complete without the beautiful Ixora. Low-maintenance and full of perpetual blooms, ixoras are well-known for their sweet nectar. Plant these and watch the bees have a field day.

What plants do you have around the garden that are popular with local bees?

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