Create a bee friendly garden

  1. Plant flowers indigenous to your area.
  2. Plant flowers with single petals.
  3. Plant yellow, white, blue and purple flowers.
  4. Plant flowers that bloom in sequence.
  5. Plant flowering vegetable and fruit plants.
  6. Plant herbs that attract bees.

Make your garden more attractive to bees by following these tips:

Rather choose plants with blue, yellow and purple-violet flowers – bees prefer these colours. Similarly choose scented flowers in preference to unscented blooms. Include some bee-attracting indigenous plants. Plant flowers that bloom at different times, so you have pollen and nectar sources throughout the year. Sink shallow pans of water in your garden – birdbaths and ponds are too deep for them. Plants in bloom attract bees, so if you have to spray, do so before or after the blooming period. Choose an insecticide that is not toxic to bees.

Choosing plants that attract bees

  1. Cosmos
  2. Aster
  3. Sunflowers
  4. Calendulas or marigolds
  5. Primulas
  6. Rudbekia
  7. Scabious or cornflowers
  8. Lavender
  9. Bluebells
  10. Hellebores
  11. Clematis
  12. Crocus
  13. Mint
  14. Rosemary
  15. Thyme
  16. Hebe
  17. Borage, the bee herb
  18. Echinacea
  19. Mignotette
  20. Thrift, or Sea Pink
  21. Sedums
  22. Sweet Williams

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