A website about bees would hardly be complete without a list of bee plants!
What makes a plant useful to, and popular with bees?
Obviously the flowers will be highly melliferous - in other words, they will provide abundant nectar. They may provide pollen, and preferably they will provide both of these. There are other considerations too, such as seasons, flower shapes, and the fact that some flowers will only be visited by specific bee species and not others (you can read more about this - see the link at the bottom of this page). In addition, plants provide other benefits to bees. For example, hollow stems of shrubs may be used as nest sites for some types of bees. However, when selecting bee-friendly plants, you also have to consider the growing conditions in your garden.
On this page, you’ll find links to several lists of bee plants, and as far as
possible I have tried to ensure that they will suit at least more than
one species of bee (bumblebees, solitary and honey bees).
If you are dealing with difficult conditions, such as clay soil, drought or a shade garden, take a look at my link about dealing with problem places. And why not check out my tips on creating a bee garden?
Plants for Problem Places
Even if you have clay soil, drought or shade, attracting bees is certainly possible!
Articles of interest:
Bee Garden Basics
Some handy tips and hints here about how to create a bee garden.
Bee plants don't need to cost a fortune! See my tips on how to get plants for free!
Organic Gardening For Bees
Why it's important.
Most Insect Species Are Beneficial Or Harmless
Yet you could be mistaken for thinking 'pests' are to be feared and the major dominant insect type!
How different plants attract their preferred pollinators - 'pollination syndromes'.
How Can I Help The Bees?
Want to do more to help prevent bee decline? Here are some ideas.
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