The Bees' Needs Seed Collection
Five bee favorites will attract and then feed many types of bees. Cosmos are included as food and because they are a favorite night time shelter for sleeping bumble bees. Our Bees' Needs Collection includes five packs of seeds - varieties are described and pictured below. All packs are full sized regular seed packs - packaged in a pretty cello bag and tied with a ribbon (select either Botanical or Christmas from the Packaging options below) . $12.95
Wild Bee Balm
Monarda fistulosa Wild Bee Balm, Horsemint, or Wild Bergamot is a native perennial used medicinally and in teas (Oswego Tea) for centuries. Very pretty in the perennial garden, the soft purple blooms attract and feed moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Tolerant of poor conditions and pretty in late summer. Excellent to brighten naturalized areas in late summer. 2-3 feet. Most to ful sun. Perennial. 50+ seeds.
Candy Stripe Cosmos
(Cosmos bipinnatus) Grown in U.S. gardens since the late 1800s, cosmos are prized for their mid through late summer display of strong stemmed flowers that are excellent for cutting. Candy Stripe produces variably striped and edged white and bright pink flowers that are unusual in the garden and long lasting in arrangements. Also excellent for butterflies and honeybees. 3-4 feet. Full sun. Annual (may re-seed). 25+ seeds.
Shirley Poppy Mix
(Papaver rhoeas) Developed by a breeder (Reverend Wilkes) in the late 1800s, Shirley Poppies are a fancy selection of the European native Corn Poppy. This doubled mix produces an exquisite mix of double fancy blooms in mauves, pinks, red, and white. The delicate ethereal blooms are heavily produced throughout the month of May. Most/full sun - Reseeding Annual - 2 feet - 200+ seeds/pack.
(Borage officianalis) Brought to the US from Europe by early settlers, Borage is traditionally used both medicinally and in cooking. The flowers are edible and add a pretty blue to salads and other dishes along with a peppery bite. Pretty in the garden, Borage feeds bees and will produce lots of bright blue blooms throughout the summer. Pretty in the historic herb or kitchen garden. 1-2 feet. Full sun. Re-seeding annual. 25+ seeds.
(Malva sylvestris) This old-fashioned ‘miniature hollyhock’ performs throughout the summer, sending up spectacular flower-covered stalks again and again Statuesque in miniature, these look gorgeous at the back of the flower bed and in groups. Thomas Jefferson grew these at Monticello and they have been a garden favorite since. Reseed profusely and come back for years. Most/Full sun - 3-4 feet - Biennial - 20+ seeds.