Bee friendly gardens

Attracting Pollinators to your Garden

Here are some suggestions

Bee friendly Plants at the Botanical Gardens plant shop in Swansea

1. Grow a range of plants, with different flowering times:

try to cover autumn to early spring in particular.

2. Choose simple flowers such as primroses and cranesbill:

easy for pollinators to access and more likely to have nectar and pollen.

3. It’s not just pretty flowers:   trees, shrubs, vegetables and herbs all provide food.

4. Plant in blocks:  pollinators expend less energy going from flower to flower, rather than tracking across your garden.

5. Native or non-native:   pollinators don’t know the difference.

6. Let one vegetable or herb plant flower and then seed: 

pollinators will love your garden.

7. Leave the seed heads over winter:   these give pollinators both food and shelter.

8. Provide water:   a bird bath or any shallow container which never dries out or freezes over.

9. Most wild pollinators nest in holes, in the ground or in crevices:   spend your money on a range of plants not on “bee boxes”.

10. Do not use pesticides:    live with imperfection.


Friends of the Earth - Bee Identification Guide

There's much to see here. So, take your time and  look around the Friends of the Earth Guide. 

Go To Bee identification guide

Plants for Pollinators RHS plant lists