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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Prevent A Patio Party Bee Problem By Choosing The Right Types Of Plants And Flowers

by Eugene Jones

When choosing the landscape for your patio, it's important to take the overall ambiance into consideration. But it is also important to take your family and friends into consideration. Bees are attracted to many plants and flowers because they naturally pollinate them. While this makes bees an important part of the ecosystem, they can create a problem for anyone who is allergic, or simply terrified, of bees. This guide explains how to choose safe plants for your patio for fun and safe outdoor entertaining.

Choose the Right Color

A great patio is enhanced by the use of color. Because bees are attracted to color, it's important to know that the use of yellow, pink or purple may present a bee problem.

A better choice is any shade of red. Bees have a different kind of vision than humans, and see red as black, which is a danger sign for them.

Choose the Right Blooms

Even though red is the best choice of color for flowers and plants, the timing and nectar of the blooms for any patio flowers are also important. Bees love a lot of nectar. Flowers that produce a lot of nectar are tubular in shape or have flat blooms that bees can walk on.

Bees sleep at night, just like humans. For this reason, choose flowers that bloom at night.  

Choose Scents Carefully

Have you ever worn a great perfume and noticed that bees like to be around you when you're outdoors? If you thought it might be the type of perfume, you're correct in that assumption. Bees love fragrant and flowery scents. So, choose flowers for your patio area that don't produce a scent. Chrysanthemums and Mexican marigolds are great choices.

Choose Non-Flowering Plants

Ornamental grasses do not attract bees. Neither do shrubs and ground cover. Use these plants to surround a fire pit, concrete statues or water fountains. Plant them behind and/or on the sides of the features to enhance the look and to make them one of the focal points of the space.

Use your yellow, blue or purple flowers for other areas of the landscape besides the patio. You'll still have the colorful backdrop that people can see from the patio area, but you won't have to worry about bees crashing your party. Ask a landscape professional, such as those at Precision Lawn & Landscaping Inc, for other ideas on adding plants to your patio area without attracting bees.