The honey bees are seriously threatened, and it’s important to do what we can to help. A way to help the bees is by providing habitation (in the form of bee hotels, which can be bought or very easily made) and also in providing food. Bee friendly plants are easy to come across, look beautiful, and serve a valuable purpose.
Monocultures are unfavourable for bees, so it’s important to plant a variety of flowers, including plants which are not ornamental. Wildflowers, and even herbs like thyme and lavender produce nectar for bees. We’ve provided a list of bee-friendly plants, for you to take your pick!
This beautiful plant looks great in the wild or in your own back garden. It usually blooms between May and September.
Winter Aster (or Autumn Aster)
This plant blooms in November, providing a good source of food for bees later on in the year – as well as providing your garden with some colour during the colder, darker months! There are many different species of Aster, so a great selection for you to choose from.
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Bellflowers are beautiful, and can be planted anywhere, whether a large garden or a small balcony.
The Goldenrod blooms late in the year, making it an ideal food supplier when other plants have faded.
The nasturtium is bright and beautiful, and flowers from June. Interestingly, it is food for humans as well as bees, which is why they are often used as decorations in cooking.
Stonecrop flowers between August and December, feeding bees through the autumn.
Lantana plants love the warmth and light, and should be planted in a sunny spot, or a light shade. Once planted, they are easily maintained, and even change colour.
Snapdragons bloom in many different colours (sometimes even two colours) from July to October.
Lavender not only smells wonderful but adds a lovely splash of purple. It flowers in July and August.
This mountainous, low-growing plant flowers from January to April
Diversity is the bee all and end all – for many insects, so why not create a wildflower meadow? They are not only a resource, but also beautiful!
There are endless varieties of flowers you can grow to help the bees. Sunflowers, Daisies, Blackberries, Ivy, Cornelian Cherries, Genisteaes, and many more that we couldn’t fit into our list! We urge you to go and dig up a little patch of your garden and plant some of these seeds – the bees and your garden will thank you!