Best Bee Plants!

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?

Garden Plants for Bees
Links to some lovely plants enjoyed by bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies. A seasonal guide.

Herbs for Bees
Many herbs are great for attracting bees, as well as being useful in the kitchen! Find out which ones are useful in the bee garden!

Wildflowers for Bees
Many wildflower habitats have been destroyed due to building development and farming practices. But you can help wildlife by including some in your garden design!

flower bulbs for bees Flower Bulbs For Bees
Bulbs are easy to grow, and versatile for lawns, pots, borders and even problem places, such as shade and drought.

Even if you only have a small space, here's how to use that space to encourage bees and other pollinating insects.

Trees, Shrubs and Hedgerows for Bees
Trees, shrubs and hedgerows provide excellent opportunities for wildlife. Bees may forage on nectar and pollen, and may also find suitable nest sites too!

Fruit and Vegetables
Fancy growing your own organic fruit & veg? Feed yourself and the bees too!

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.

Free Plants!
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!

Flower Pollination
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.

Plant Herbs

For Bees

Create a
lawn for bees

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Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens

"Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden’s biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It’s no exaggeration to say that a garden can’t be understood without an understanding of its insects."