The Best Annuals For The Birds & Bees


No, this isn’t an article about “that talk”. In fact, it’s quite literally about birds and bees. Birds and bees are some of the most amazing benefactors from pollination and help to pollinate plants themselves. They’re there to help keep wildlife thriving and growing happily throughout the spring and summer seasons.


So, if you are booking to attract some birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators, here are a few plants for you to consider planting in your Colorado garden this season.


  • Sunflower.


The sunflower is the king of all attractors for birds and bees. Hummingbirds and honeybees alike love these gorgeous and vibrant annuals. They are sturdy and can withstand the heat of a Colorado summer very well. Plant them in the bright sunshine, and enjoy the wildlife that they attract for pollination.

  • Iris.

Iris flowers are a staple in gardens across the country. They are a timeless classic and it’s easy to see why! With their beautiful coloration, pleasant aroma, and pollinator attracting nature, these flowers are a no-brainer for any colorado garden. They meet their peak in mid - late spring and will bring a lot of wildlife and love to your home and outdoor space.

  • Russian Sage.

Russian sage is a tough and rugged bushy plant that will add a lot of volume and color to your garden without being too high maintenance. This perennial will add a lot of character to your space and local pollinating wildlife absolutely love it! This is perfect for any mid - late summer garden bloom.

  • Wild Geranium.

Wild geranium is a great pollinator attractor for your garden throughout the warm season. These dainty little flowers atop a thick and bushy green base are great for home gardens as well as walkways, natural barriers, and more! They are both sweet and bold, and will add a nice delicate touch to your outdoor area that bees and birds will love!

  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

Sedum is a genus that contains over 600 species. However, the ‘Autumn Joy’ branch is a fan favorite in Colorado gardens around the late summertime. This sturdy perennial is one of the toughest plants you will ever grow, and is extremely beginner friendly and forgiving of mistakes. What’s more, the slightly rust colored flowers are a hit among bees and hummingbirds as well as butterflies!

  • Final Thoughts.

It’s important to help keep local wildlife and ecosystems working as nature intended. With dwindling bee populations and other issues with local wildlife, it can go a long way if you simply plant some flowers and plants that help them to thrive as well as attract them to your home garden area. Afterall, who doesn’t love a few honeybees and birds?

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