The Q&A Archives: Bee Free Poolside Plants

Question: What plants & flowers would you suggest around an inground pool that would not attract too many bees my husband is allergic?

Answer: Nearly any flower will attract bees, so foliage plants might be the safest route as would plants that flower early before swimming season starts. You might consider flowering shrubs such as forsythia, lilac, spirea and viburnum or evergreens such as junipers, arborvitae, or mugo pines. For colorful foliage there are any number of dwarf conifers as well as some flowering shrubs with colorful leaves such as the variegated twig dogwood and the purple leafed plum. You could also consider the ornamental grasses as well as early spring bulbs. Good luck with your project!

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