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.

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