To help our pollinator friends thrive and to help your garden flourish, it’s important to add plants to your garden that will also attract bees. Luckily, there are plenty of edible plants that attract pollinators, helping them do double duty. Some of these edible plants will even make your garden look pretty!
Squash This is an easy one as so many gardeners plant squash. Pollinators love the blossoms.
Mint This herb is a bee magnet and will freshen up any dessert. Make sure to grow it in a pot to prevent it invading other plants.
Basil Once this tasty herb goes to flower, it will attract pollinators. Consider having one basil plant that you just allow to go to flower.
Green Beans Pollinators love the flowers that appear before they turn into beans.
Lavender Not only does this pretty plant attract pollinators, but also tastes yummy in special dishes or teas. You can even use lavender in floral arrangements.
Oregano Pollinators are attracted to this herb whether it’s flowering or not.
Rosemary This drought tolerant herb’s blue-purple flowers attract pollinators. If you are short on space, pot creeping rosemary in a sunny spot.
Radish Pollinators are attracted to the leaves of this veggie. Plant radishes continuously through the growing season for a consistent supply of pollinator attraction.
Sunflowers These gorgeous flowers not only are amazing pollinator attractors, but you get the bonus of edible sunflower seeds at the end of the season.
Dandelions Some people consider these weeds but the leaves and flowers are both edible and attract pollinators.