I could live in a field of lavender, and so could the bees! If you have a lavender shrub, then you know how full of busy bees it can get when it’s in bloom. Mine seems to particularly attract bumblebees, but I see all types. Lavender has a long blooming season, all through the summer, so it is an important staple for bees and other pollinators.
Lavender is a tasty edible flower (see my recipe for lemon lavender shortbread cookies and lavender whipped cream) and is also often used in skin care and natural beauty products, like my vanilla lavender lip balm. It is a highly aromatic flower with a gentle calming effect.
Poor mint gets a bad rap as being an invasive plant, but the truth is that it’s great for bees, so I let it do what it wants! Bees and other beneficial insects absolutely love mint flowers, and it doesn’t matter if it’s peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, apple mint, cat mint (also known as catnip), horsemint, wild mint, or even lemon balm (which is also in the mint family).
Of course, mint is also an amazing culinary herb that is great for garnishing desserts and makes a wonderful iced tea. (You can even infuse it into wine!) It also has a whole host of medicinal uses, namely for the digestive system.
When my oregano plants are in bloom the bees are always all over it! The same is true for marjoram, a close relative of oregano. Hummingbirds love oregano flowers as well. This perennial herb is one of my favorites to grow!
Oregano is an important culinary herb that is also highly medicinal. It has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties and is a powerful immune system booster.