As urban areas grow, so natural habitats decrease. It’s bad news for bees, but you can help by using plants to attract bees to your garden…

According to Garden Master, planting a bee-friendly garden should become a priority for every gardener.

Bee-friendly gardens have a positive impact on the environment, contribute to increasing bee varieties and, if you have a vegetable patch, they help ensure a bountiful harvest by pollinating vegetable crops.

If you have a garden already and would like to start creating a bee-friendly haven, here are a few plants to add and tips to try:

Choose plants that attract bees

There are certain plants that are more attractive to bees than others.

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Plant flowers because, according to Buzzaboutbees.net, a honey bee visits up to 100 flowers per foraging trip.  Some plants loved by bees are also a culinary delight for us and are welcome in any kitchen garden. These include:

  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Watermelons
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin

All these plants are available in the Garden Master seeds range.

Group the same plants together

If you have space, plant at least one square metre of the same type of plant together.

This is not only great for bees – it can also be an attractive feature in your garden. Imagine walking through a field of lavender… now take that as inspiration and plant lavender en masse along a pathway in your garden.

Consider blooming cycles

When buying flowering plants, find out how long they bloom for.

Choose plants with long blooming cycles. Not only do they add colour to your garden for months on end, but they will keep the bees coming back.

If you enjoy picking flowers and arranging them inside your home, just remember to leave some intact in your garden for the bees.

Say no to pesticides

Most chemicals are toxic to bees, so when in doubt, rather leave it out.

Happy gardening.