These gentle, industrious native bees will do the work of 120 honeybees, so they are important pollinators to attract to your garden or farm. Some plants that will attract Mason Bees include:
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- English Lavendar (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Catmint (Nepeta)
- Cutleaf Sage (Salvia)
- Vetch (Vicia californicum)
Mason Bees will also be attracted by any of your flowering fruit trees (such as plum, cherry, apple, and almond), other flowering trees (such as crabapples and ornamental pears), and any flowering and fruiting shrubs (including current, mock orange, and sumac).
The Mason Bees that inhabit your garden will also need a source of water (such as a shallow pool or birdbath), as well as mud to build nest for their young.
To learn more about Mason Bees, go to: “Orchard Mason Bees,” Washington State University.
To learn more about Mason Bee Houses and to provide safe nesting places for Mason Bees, check out our bee products page. Once you have your Mason Bee House, call your local nursery or garden center to purchase hibernating starter bees to introduce to your Mason Bee House.