Partial shade areas?
I have been gradually adding more plants for bees, and am looking for ideas for a partial-to-mostly-shade area. Purple coneflower and beebalm do well there, but I am looking for some more variety. I was wondering if anyone knows of any annuals or perennials that do well in partial shade that bees like. I live in Eastern New York state, so our winters are pretty cold.
Jennifer, I use a shaded area just near some pines and an apple tree out back... facing so they get the morning sun... sun hits them about 10:30-11 directly in the front...but they get daylight right as soon as the sun come up. Shining right in front of them.
I am from Pennsylvania.
Butterfly bush, Agastache, Mountain Mint.
Buckwheat (pretty white little flower and great weed smother)
Bees attack this - milkweed, but stay on top of the seeds or they will take over in 2 years. Pull off some of the pods and discard or let loose in another area. Smells wonderful in the spring almost like lilacs
Anise Hyssop & Catmint will work.
Thanks so much for all of the great ideas-I'm going to start planning for spring!:)