Planting native species helps provide nectar for honeybees and mitigate their population declines, this article says. Bee-friendly plants, including bee balm, purple prairie clover and giant hyssop, can be used to create an attractive landscape as well. "Native plants come in varying heights. There are low-growing grasses. There are mounded plants. You can still have a neat, planned look," said Elizabeth Beckman, education coordinator for the Capitol Region Watershed District.

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