Later Blooming Native Plants to Help Bees
We have over 4,000 species of native bees in the United States, not including the European honey bee. Many of these bee species, including the honey bee, have suffered dramatic declines over the past decade. We can all help bees in our own landscapes by providing 3 seasons of bloom. Many folks forget to include a selection of late blooming plants, critically important to bees which are still active in the fall. Download this free tip sheet which details many plants which are native to the Eastern portion of the U.S.
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Confused about the terminology associated with native gardening? If you are, it’s not surprising, since there are numerous definitions just for the simple word “native.” Native, non-native, exotic, alien, naturalized – these terms, and others, are often misused. Hopefully the following explanations will clear up some confusion! Terminology for “Native”…Read More
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