Plants for Bees

Bees, as many of us know, are just so vital to our continued existence ono Planet Earth. And they need our help. For at least 100 years we’ve done our worst to remove their habitat, working under the illusion that we humans know best (LOL) and that whatever we do will only be an improvement. Many of us know better now and are doing all we can to try to rectify our mistakes. One way of doing this is to

Bees, as many of us know, are just so vital to our continued existence ono Planet Earth. And they need our help. For at least 100 years we’ve done our worst to remove their habitat, working under the illusion that we humans know best (LOL) and that whatever we do will only be an improvement. Many of us know better now and are doing all we can to try to rectify our mistakes. One way of doing this is to plant flowers in our gardens that the bees (and other insects) can use. So many of our cultivated flowers are no use to them at all, so shaped they cannot get the nectar or use the pollen but there are lots of lovely ones they can use, both wild and cultivated.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have excellent list you can download …
RHS Perfect for Pollinators – Garden Plants (460kB)

RHS Perfect for Pollinators – Wildflowers (368kB)

If you don’t have time to digest the full lists or you just want to get started try this selection of 10 wild and 10 garden plants.

Wild plants
• Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
• Cantaurea scabiosa (greater knapweed)
• Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove)
• Eupatorium cannabinum (hemp agrimony)
• Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle)
• Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram)
• Thymus pulegioides (large thyme)
• Trifolium repens (white clover)
• Verbascum nigrum (dark mullein)
• Viburnum opulus (guelder rose)

Garden plants
• Caryopteris x clandonensis (caryopteris)
• Dianthus barbatus (sweet william)
• Hesperis matronalis (dame’s violet)
• Hyssopus officinalis (hyssop)
• Jasminum officinale (common jasmine)
• Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender)
• Lychnis coronaria (rose campion)
• Monarda didyma (bergamot or bee balm)
• Verbena bonariensis (purple top)
• Weigela florida (weigelia)

I love all these flowers and have them in the garden. Some of them are in the sowing I did the other day and more will be in another sowing I’ll be doing next Tuesday.

Why not get some seed over the weekend and start sowing bee-flowers in your own garden?

 

 

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