Annuals

For beneficial insects:

  • Annual candytuft
  • Bachelor’s buttons
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Blanket flower
  • Blue-eyed African daisy
  • Calendula
  • Calliopsis
  • Cosmos
  • Dwarf morning glory
  • Gazania
  • Marigolds
  • Mexican sunflower
  • Common sunflower
  • Swan River daisy
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Common zinnia

For bees:

  • Cosmos

perennials

For beneficial insects:

  • Bee balm
  • Gayfeathers
  • Golden asters
  • Goldenrod
  • Hardy marguerite
  • Lavender cotton
  • Painted daisy
  • Pincushion flower
  • Purple coneflower
  • Rock cress
  • Sea hollies
  • Yarrows

For bees:

  • Rock cress

herbs

For beneficial insects:

  • Angelica
  • Anise
  • Caraway
  • Catnip
  • German Chamomile
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Chervil
  • Curry plant
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Lovage
  • Nasturtium
  • Parsley (when allowed to flower)
  • Rue
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Annie
  • Sweet cicely
  • Tansy

For bees: (more pollination = greater harvest)

  • Borage
  • Catnip
  • Dill
  • Lavender

Wildflowers/weeds

For beneficial insects:

  • Wild asters
  • Buttercups
  • Corn spurrey
  • Dandelion
  • Lamb’s quarters
  • Wild mustards
  • Oxeye daisy
  • Queen-Anne’s-lace
  • Red sorrel

cover crops

For beneficial insects:

  • Alfalfa
  • Buckwheat
  • Clovers
  • Winter rye

For bees:

  • Buckwheat
  • Clovers

*All materials referenced from “Great Garden Companions,” written by: Sally Jean Cunningham

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