Aim to plant a good mix of pollinators/bee friendly/insect attracting plants
Open, single flowering plants are easiest for the bees to access particularly those with daisy shaped flowers.
Double flowers can be difficult for bees to access and the rewards or nectar can be less.
Tubular flowers are also recommended as they are a good food source for bumblebees and during the winter Gorse, winter flowering Honeysuckle, Clematis and Hellebores can give bees a food source on warmer days.
Purple flowers are the easiest colour for bees to see, they also prefer white, yellow and blue flowers.
Aim to have a good mix of plants to provide nectar, pollen, berries and seeds, shelter for nesting and leaves for caterpillars’ food.
A mix of native and non-native plants is ideal.
Look out for Iberis, Veronica, Phlox, Astrantia, Circium, Achillea, Nepeta, Geums, Pulmonaria and Delphiniums.
Dandelions can be an important early flower source for bees. If you can leave the flowers and deadhead when they have gone over it will assist the bees greatly.
Bee Friendly Plants - Look out for the bee logo on many of our plants in Blue Diamond Garden Centres.
Flowering Cherry and Currants and also fruit trees
Late Spring - Early Summer
Cardoon / Globe Artichoke
Echinops Globe Thistle
Flowering herbs such as Lavender are a great addition.
Other insect attracting plants
Butterflies are especially attracted to;
Ivy (particularly for egg laying)
Erysimum Bowles MauveRed Valerian
Wildlife Friendly Hanging Basket/Tubs
Moth attracting plants
Aster Michaelmas Daisy