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The humble bumblebee is one of the most important pollinators in the world, playing a vital part in the global ecosystem in terms of food – including fruits and vegetables – as well as other significantly useful crops, like cotton and flax.

The pollinatory power of bees also has a profound influence on both the meat and dairy industries, as they also help pollinate clover and alfalfa – two primary food sources for cattle.

Meanwhile, beeswax is also widely utilised in health and beauty, as well as the cleaning industry. And all this without even mentioning the myriad of honey uses worldwide!

Needless to say, bees are an integral part of the world around us. As such, attracting bees to your outdoor space can see your garden reap many rewards.

 

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Flowers That Attract Bees

Adding wildflowers that attract bees to your garden can be a great way to not only spruce up your outdoor space but also help the environment. Keep your garden buzzing with this mini guide to bee-friendly plants and flowers.

Foxglove

A true cottage garden staple, this foxy flower is loved by long-tongued bees, including garden bees and the common carder bee. Adorned with vibrant pink petals, they not only provide a great bee magnet but also add a beautiful element of colour to your flowerbed.

Bluebell

The effortlessly stunning bluebell has the ability to add colourful allure to any garden; however, it’s just as appealing to bees as it is to the eye. Sweet-scented and strikingly colourful, they make a great food source for bees in the early spring.

Honeysuckle

The highly fragrant honeysuckle is common in hedgerows and woodlands and a natural climbing plant. As such, it can be utilised to great effect when trained up a wall or fence, providing bee friendly benefits as well as a welcome variant to your garden’s flowery presentation.

Clovers

Both white and red clovers are great plants for attracting bees to your garden and another favoured flower of long-tongued bees, particularly those in the wild. While they may not be the most extravagantly attractive flower, they can provide a wild, organic charm to your garden.

Greater Knapweed

Another eye-catching wildflower, the vibrantly purple petals of the greater knapweed provide an attractive splash of colour to any wildflower garden. This bee magnet is particularly favoured by male bumblebees.

 

For a one-stop shop of flowers that attract bees, hit the button below and check out our very own pick ‘n’ mix of bee-utiful flowers using the button below.

Bumble Bee Mix

 

 

Tips for Bee Friendly Garden

In addition to the aforementioned flowers, there are a number of naturally occurring plants and weeds that are also innately bee friendly.

Both daisies and dandelions are great plants for attracting bees, so don’t be afraid to leave an area of your lawn untamed. This will allow these rogue shrubs flower, making them lightning rods for bee activity.

Meanwhile, it’s also important to avoid using pesticides in your garden at all costs. Many pesticides, even natural ones, can be toxic to bees, making them a sure-fire way to deter bees, if not worse.

 

Bee Friendly Environments

If you really want to attract bees to your garden, adding a “Bee House” or “Bee Hotel” can be the perfect solution. These can be easily made using bunched bamboo or drilled blocks of wood.

However, for the ultimate bee-friendly backyard, why not explore the various ready-made versions available here. These homely hives are worthy of Michelin stars, creating the ultimate “Bee B&B” experience.

 

For more information on bees, plants that attract bees and bee houses, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 01489 896785 or click the button below to get in touch online.

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