The Q&A Archives: Plants that do not attract bees

Question: What types of flowers and shrubs do not attract bees? We are planning a courtyard garden for our restaurant and don't want bees bothering the the guests.

Answer: Nearly any flower will attract bees, so foliage plants might be the safest route as would plants that flower early before too many insects are active. 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 shrubs with colorful leaves such as the variegated twig dogwood and the purple leafed plum. You could also consider the ornamental grasses and coleus as well as early spring bulbs. Good luck with your project!

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