Planting for Bees

There is nothing like the sight and sound of bees foraging in your garden.  If you want to help support your local bees, and wider environment, here are some tips to help attract bees and other pollinators to your garden.

Bees rarely sting when foraging for nectar and pollen.  They have other things on their minds than humans at this time.  Growing more bee-friendly plants will actually reduce your risks of being stung!

Not all flowers are food for bees.  “Double” flowers have extra rows of petals instead of nectaries and stamens, and so produce little or no nectar or pollen.  For example, many flowering cherries are actually double-flowered.

Bees prefer to forage on flowers in full sun, so make sure you plant them somewhere they get direct sun for at least a few hours a day.

Bees love:

  • White clover (Trifolium repens)
  • Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha)
  • The Lime (Tilia)
  • Ling Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
  • Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)
  • Oil Seed Rape (Brassica napus)
  • Fuchsia (F. magellanica)
  • Rosebay Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium)
  • Ragwort
  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Willow or Sally (Salix spp.)
  • Sycamore (Acre pseudoplatanus)
  • Horse Chestnut Aesculus