We love designing gardens including thyme for bees.
That’s because herbs including thyme for bees means happy bees. And thyme isn’t the only herb they love. In fact, we like to design plantings diverse in mixed woody herbs. That’s because we use them to cook year-round. Plus, they’re fragrant. And they can help beat back weeds. Plus, many are drought tolerant. And bees and pollinators love them all.
So the more herbs like thyme for the bees, the more pollination for our food gardens!
So, what’s our favorite variety of thyme for the bees?
Bees seem to like all kinds of thyme. So that includes carpet-forming Elfin thyme. And they love fluffier wooly thyme. As well, they’re drawn to delicious culinary forms like Mother-of-Thyme. And like me, they adore citrusy thymes too.
So, try growing them all. And the bees will visit. Then they’ll cross pollinate your thymes. And when that happens, you’ll likely end up growing a special new variety all your own.
There’s nothing as sweet as taking thyme for the bees…
So, here’s a 18″ diameter pink puff of blooming thyme planted for the bees. As you watch, see if you can identify and count all the different kinds of bees.
In fact, it isn’t just honeybees that love this plant. Too, when you grow thyme for the bees, you support wild bumblebees, honeybees, sweat bees, hover flies and wasps. That’s because they just can’t resist to sip on this herb’s sweet nectar.
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Want to see more bees & other pollinators in our gardens?
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Did you know our gardens are featured on PBS because of our bees?
Yep! Our gardens and our bees have been featured on PBS’s Growing a Greener World multiple times.