Below you'll find links to lists of bee plants, but first......
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.
In addition, plants provide other benefits for bees.
For example, hollow stems of shrubs may be used as nest sites for some types of solitary bees.
However, when selecting bee-friendly plants, you also have to consider the growing conditions in your garden. 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.
In addition, I think it is worth mentioning that it is simply not true that a garden must be "wild" in characteristics, in order for it to be useful for bees and pollinators - and even other wildlife. I write from genuine experience. What is important is the selection of plants, and the design to include provision of habitat that bees and wildlife need. Whether or not the arrangement of appropriate shelter/nest, flowers and shrubs is tidily organised in straight lines or not, is of no concern to wildlife. Keep the sprays out of the garden, and include features the bees can make use of, and importantly - create a garden you too can enjoy!
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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