If you're looking to help the bees in your hood, consider adding some native flowering plants to your garden. "Think of the flowers your grandmother used in her garden as a practical guide, especially when using nonnative plants," advises a USDA report. "The pollinators will thank you." Looking for some ideas? Check out these flowering plants that can help give bees a boost.PHOTOS: Go Inside a Rat's Mind and Metal 'Flowers'
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Crocus are a good choice to attract bees in the early spring. They're also pollinated by butterflies.BLOG: Spring Flowers Arriving Month Earlier at Rocky Mountains
Asters are perennials that provide nectar and pollen, and do well when planted in late summer and fall.NEWS: Global Warming Brings Earlier Spring Flowers
Geraniums are another pollinator-friendly perennial.Top 10 Flower Technologies
The Calendula is an annual that's sometimes called a pot marigold.PHOTOS: Oldest Flowering Plant Genome Mapped
Cleome are annuals that are native to the western United States, and they provide pollen in summer to bees.PHOTOS: Animals And Bugs That Look Like Flowers
Bees loves sunflowers and sometimes even stop on them to catch a few zzzzs.BLOG: Flowers Communicate With Electricity
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Cut flowers, including zinnia (above), celosia, ageratum and wildflowers like goldenrod are bumble bee magnets. So are herbs including lavendar, anise hyssop, motherwort, basil and sage. Want to see more flowers -- and herbs to help bees? Check out thiscool illustration
from American Bee Journal.