Tips for creating a bee-friendly garden
- Plan to have flowering plants in your garden all year round, throughout every season.
- Be diverse in colour, shape, and size of your flowers.
- Plant fruit trees, especially citrus.
- Keep in mind that cultivars are often sterile and do not produce pollen, and would therefore look beautiful but not be of any benefit to the bees.
- Plant locally indigenous plants in your garden to attract solitary bees that naturally occur in your region.
- Provide a water source in your garden, ensuring that there is a rock or stones in it for the bees to sit on.
- Be diverse in the types of plants you select.
- Allow some of your vegetables and herbs to flower. Fennel, rocket, pumpkins, cucumbers and carrots are favourites.
- Avoid using harmful pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals in the garden.
- Plant herbs! Herbs like sage, thyme and rosemary are some of the best food sources for bees.
- Relax the weeding and allow weeds to flower. You can nip them before going to seed.
- Build your own insect hotel using recycled wood and other organic materials to create a nesting and breeding site.
Indigenous bee-friendly plants
Exotic bee-friendly plants
Other bee-friendly favourites
Brassica napus var. napus
Cynara cardunculus (Scolymus Group)
Nepeta x faassenii