Since the bee population strongly decreases, we must do something for bees, butterflies and other needed insects in our gardens. One of the best ways to attract bees to your garden is by planting flower rich in pollen and nectar. At Trowbridge Garden Centre, we offer a wide range of bee-friendly plants, like perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. Fill your garden with colour, pollen, nectar and scent and turn your garden into a bee paradise.
What plants are bee-friendly?
There are many plants that are attracted by bees and butterflies. The most important thing you should keep in mind is that the flower bud is easy to enter. Most dahlias are no good because the flower bud is too much covered in petals. Choose varieties that have wide petals to let bees and butterflies enter the flower bud easily. Here are our top-5 bee-friendly plants:
- Yarrow - Achillea millefolium
- Sage - Salvia officinalis
- Raspberry - Rubus idaeus
- Orpine - Hylotelephium telephium
- Anise Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum
Bee-friendly fruit and shrubs
Honeybees love fruit trees. So, besides flowers, you can also think of shrubs and fruit trees that produce lots of pollen and nectar. Raspberry, apple, blackberry, peach, blueberry, cherry, strawberry and pear shrubs and trees are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Some of them produce lovely white blossoms during spring. These species attract bees who pollinate them. After pollinating, the blossoms will turn into edible fruit. The pollination process is very important to make edible fruit out of beautiful blossoms. Without pollination by bees or butterflies, you need to think of other solutions, like pollination by hand or planting pollination partners, to turn your blossom into fruit. Bees are by far the most common pollinator. Get started with bee attractor plants!
How do raspberries grow?
Who doesn’t love raspberries? Raspberries are the edible fruit of a plant species-genus Rubus. The edible fruits don’t just appear on the tree. Raspberry flowers need to be pollinated by bees. A raspberry flower exists of 100-125 pistils. Each pistil must be pollinated to create a mature seed and resulting drupe. It takes 75-85 druplets to make a fruit. If all of the druplets are not pollinated, the fruit will mishappen. To produce a juicy raspberry takes a lot of time and a lot of visit from bees. The more bees you attract to your garden, the more fruit you can harvest. Go for it!
Add bee-attractors to your kitchen garden, too. Bees love the aromatic flower that herbs grow. Unfortunately, herbs that flower tend to lose their bold flavour in the leaves. So if you want to attract bees, but still want to enjoy your herbs’ flavour, just plant some herb plants to continue harvesting through the season without bullying any bees. These herbs are favourite among bees and home cooks:
- Bee balm
Attract bees to your garden
Besides planting attractive perennials, annuals, shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and other garden plants, you can make your garden more attractive, by planting hanging up bee hotels. These bee hotels function as a shelter and nesting place. These insect hotels are made of natural materials and contain small holes, trunks, bamboo stems and pine cones where bees love to settle and shelter. Offer bees and other insects a safe hideaway by hanging up a bee hotel. Fix the bee hotel at waist or chest height (bees don’t like to wave around in the wind), and try to place it facing south in a sunny position.
Get started with a bee-friendly garden
Now you know everything you need to turn your garden into an Air Bee and Bee friendly homestay. Plant bee-friendly plants, hang up bee hotels and just enjoy the buzzing little friends that visit your garden. Trowbridge Garden Centre offers a wide variety of bee-friendly plants. Also, we have a nice selection of bee hotels. Even if you have a small garden, a balcony or a patio. Bees love to fly wherever they can find nectar. Let’s expand bee habitat and let the bee population stop from decreasing. Visit Trowbridge Garden Centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire and explore our bee-friendly section.