GeorgeP’s picks

These are some plants that I favor.   Plants favored by bumblebees are in bold print. My favorite is the Anise Hyssop pictured in the above header image.

Trees: Fruit trees, nut trees,  Extend the season with a pussy willow tree. Chances are there are lots of maple trees near you, so plant something that blooms later.  If you have room for a large shade tree, consider an American Chestnut,  or a Linden/Basswood.  A mature tree produces thousands and thousands of flowers.   Crabapple trees are smaller and look spectacular when flowering.

Shrubs: Lilacs, Elderflower, Blueberries,

Almost any type of berry: Raspberry, Blackberry.  Something for you as well!  Win-win!

Lamiaceae/Mint family: Catmint or catnip, Spearmint, Any Hyssop, Basil, Bee Balm/Monarda, Salvia, Sage.

Astrocereae family: Daisies, Brown-eyed-susan/Rudbeckia,  coneflowers/Echinacea, Sunflowers, Cosmos, Spider plants/Cleome, Bachelor Buttons, Aster/New England Aster. Coneflowers are another personal favorite

Herbs: Most of them: Thyme, Parsley, Dill, Flowering Allium, Chives.  I note that Dill grows freely as a weed in my garden reseeding itself each year.  In mid-summer the Dill flowers attracts parasitic wasps (can’t sting humans) that I believe are responsible for a lack of tomato hornworms in my garden.

Vegetables: Pole beans, Cucumbers, Squash, Tomatoes, Peppers,

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