Bumble, Honey and Solitary Bees depend on you choosing the right flowers to plant.

Their tiny lives are in our hands, the way we tend and care for our gardens, verges and meadows have for too long affected the future of our precious Bee population Worldwide.

In an attempt to reverse the vast number of dying pollinators in the UK, Bee’s have become the main focus of support and awareness groups encourage us to act now to save our fragile species of Bee’s.

Bumble, Honey and Solitary Bees are threatened by habitat loss and methods of intensive arable agriculture, which has virtually wiped out the once common wildflower pasture meadows in the UK.

But do you the right flowers to plant to encourage bees back into your garden?

bees on hyssop
All types of Bee are at risk, but Honeybee colonies, in particular have been hit by disease and parasites, pesticides and lack of food sources. Which has had the knock on effect of reducing the Worlds honey production considerably.

In our walled kitchen garden I have noticed that the bees appear to prefer the flowering herbs: Large-flowered Lavender, Oregano, Marjoram, Thyme, Bergamot, Borage, Camomile or feverfew, Hypericum, Symphytum or comfrey, Sage, Oenothera, Rosemarinus, Achillea or Yarrow, Lemon balm.
bee on lavender
Bumblebees prefer the larger flowered Lavender x intermedia cultivars
We have all been made aware of the fact that Bees are not as common as they used to be. We can reverse the trend by providing the right plants to increase the amount of nectar and pollen in our gardens.
Bumble bee on Agastache
Agastache is a plant we can all add to our garden borders for more pollinators.
Borage, Marjoram, and Lavender are among the most attractive flowers to plant to help maintain our bees vital food supply.
bees on borage
Honeybees are attracted to the subtle blue flowers of Borage.
Honeybees make a beeline for the blue borage flowers, and the delicate off white flowers of marjoram.
bee on oregano
Honeybee enjoying the dainty Oregano flowers (Marjoram)

You will also notice that bees also like many wildflowers including, bramble, white dead nettle, foxglove, dandelion, cornflower, buttercup, and garden plants like Echincea, Nepeta, Dill, Verbascum, Hollyhock, Honeysuckle, Pulmonaria and Nasturtiums, but there are many more.

bees on wildflowers
Bees feed from many types of wildflowers including Dandelions and Bramble.

Gardening may to some feel like a chore that has to be done at a weekend for others, it’s a passion that begins at sunrise and ends at nightfall. But what ever your reason for gardening spare a thought for the insects, the bees and butterflies that pollinate our fruit trees or vegetable and ornamental flowers!

If we were to suddenly lose even one type of bee it would have a dramatic effect on our fragile Eco-system. Do one great thing next time you are shopping for plants buy with bees and pollinators in mind steer clear of brightly coloured Pelargoniums and F1 hybrid bedding plants and instead choose flowering herbs like Lavender, Hyssop and Rosemary and watch as your garden is brought to life with the gentle buzz of harmless bees.

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