Re: Companion flowers for vegetable garden
Ann the head hen- Is it the leaves that are used for the drinks?
I just read a good article on bee gardens and thought I would add some more suggestions. Dandelions are important pollen and nectar sources early in the season. Mountain mint (pycnathemum) is another plant that bees love. I have this in my perennial bed, not far from the veg garden and had forgotton how many bees I see on it when it blooms. Mountain mint is also fabulous for cut flower arranging. I love to bring the scent indoors and the dusty green is a good accent for certain colors. General bee attracting advice: large groups of the same plant and a diversity of species in the entire garden are most effective to attract and sustain a population of bees. Try to have plants blooming through a long season-very early and very late not just midsummer. You may only need the bees midseason for the vegetables, but remember you need to support and sustain a population or there won’t be any bees midsummer. Last year my Dendranthemum ‘Shefield Pink’ was completely covered with bees as it was one of the only plants in the area that was still in bloom till frost.