How to attract bees


Here are a few simple tips to help attract bees to your garden. Remember beautiful flowers and a good crop of fruit and veg all depends on pollination, and for that we need you know who.



What bees like


  • Plants with lots of small flowers like lavender

  • Open, single flowers such as asters or daisies

  • Bell shaped flowers such as foxgloves

  • Lots of variety

  • Plants native to Britain

  • Wildflowers and 'weeds' like dandelions

  • Fruit trees



What bees don't like


  • Exotic or highly cultivated flowers that are not indigenous to the UK

  • Double or elaborate flowers as they often contain little or no nectar

  • And most annual bedding plants for the same reason



Be bee friendly all year round


  • A bee's lifecycle runs from March to September and so it's important that there's a constant source of nectar available during this period.

  • We'd recommend aiming to have at least two nectar rich plants in flower at any one time.



Bees love these flowers


Spring Flowers Early Summer Flowers
Late Summer Flowers
Apple
Bluebell
Broom
Bugle
Cherry
Crab apple
Daffodil
Flowering Currant
Forget-me-not
Hawthorn
Hellebore
Pear
Plum
Pulmonaria
Pussy Willow
Red dead-nettle
Rosemary
Thrift
Viburnum
White dead-nettle
Allium
Aquilegia
Astilbe
Birds-foot Trefoil
Bush Vetch
Campanula
Ceanothus
Chives
Comfrey
Cotoneaster
Escallionia
Everlasting Sweet Pea
Everlasting Wallflower
Fennel
Foxglove
Geranium
Honeysuckle
Kidney Vetch
Laburum
Lupin
Angelica
Aster
Borage
Bramble
Buddleia
Catmint
Cornflower
Dahlia (single-flowered)
Delphinium
Fuchsia
Heather
Hollyhocks
Ivy
Knapweed
Lavender
Marjoram
Penstemon
Purple Loosestrife
Scabious
Sunflower



You can never have too many flowers, and the more flowers you have, the more bees will love your garden!

Don't forget the colder months



It's not just in spring and summer that bees need your help. Provide safe homes for them to shelter and hibernate in over winter. Here's how:
A few old lengths of bamboo bound together makes a great bug box
Drill some holes into an fence post for an instant bee hotel
Grow winter and early flowering plants as bees need food as soon as they emerge from hibernation (hebe and lungwort are good
Provide nest boxes (several different designs are available in the shops)

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