bees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by olgarita
April 16, 2010
Do Gardeneas attract bees? We need to replace shrubery from around our porch. I like colorful flowers but my family is afraid of bees.

Answer from NGA
April 16, 2010
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. While gardenias do not attract as many bees as other shrubs (there's not much nectar in the flowers) they won't be entirely bee-proof. Good luck with your project!

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