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  1. #1
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    Default Partial shade areas?

    Hello,
    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.

    Thanks!
    Jennifer

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    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.

    Ed

  3. #3
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    Butterfly bush, Agastache, Mountain Mint.


    Patrick
    "To escape criticism-do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."

  4. #4
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    Buckwheat (pretty white little flower and great weed smother)
    Lavendar
    aster
    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

    catnip

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    Anise Hyssop & Catmint will work.

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    Morristown, NY, USA
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    anise hysop
    knautia
    cranesbill geranium

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    Bee Bomb

  8. #8
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    Thanks so much for all of the great ideas-I'm going to start planning for spring!

    Jennifer

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