The importance of bee’s
Bee’s in particular are a highly important visitor to the garden. Bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystems. Some 84% of the crops grown for human consumption – around 400 different types of plants – need bees and other insects to pollinate them to increase their yields and quality.
These include most fruits and vegetables, many nuts, and plants such as rapeseed and sunflowers that are turned into oil, as well as cocoa beans, coffee and tea.
Choosing the right Plants
There are thousands of great plants for bee’s but in general old fashioned English cottage garden style plants or native varieties with single flowers are ideal for bees. They tend to contain more pollen and nectar than more exotic varieties so are a bee’s best friend. Roses, lavender, geraniums, sedum, penstemon, salvia, perovskia, skimmia, clematis and edible herbs with flowers such as chives and thyme are all excellent bee friendly plants.
A place to drink
Bee’s are no different to other wildlife you might find in your garden such as birds and mammals and will really benefit from a place to stop off and quench their thirst. This might be in the form of a pond, water feature or bird bath perhaps.
Somewhere to call home
Solitary bee’s often make homes in tree cavities left by wood boring beetles, but in modern gardens these can sometimes be hard spaces to find. So why not offer them a little extra luxury and a roof over their heads to call home? Always a friend to the gardener, attracting solitary bees to the garden is not only safe, but beneficial to pollination of flowers, fruit and vegetables.