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.