Beautiful bee-friendly blooms to brighten your garden
Looking for summer planting ideas? Why not help the dwindling *sob* British bee population by adding a few bee-autiful blooms to your borders? In celebration of World Bee Day (yes that is a thing), here are five colourful flowers to plant now.
Bring the fields of Provence to your own patch this year with these perennial purple classics. Place them in a sunny spot, with good drainage, and they’ll keep you, and the local bumble bees, happy for years to come. Easy peasy.
Where to buy it: The Lavender Garden specialises in bee-friendly lavender and buddleia.
This belting blue number comes with an added bonus – the flowers are edible, and can be used as a snazzy addition to summer cocktails and salads. Perfect for that garden party we’re all planning, eh? Although this is an annual, it will self seed, so you’ll have this gorgeously wild-looking (very up with current trends FYI), bee-friendly blooms returning year on year.
Where to buy it: RHS Plants is a go-to for gardeners, with bountiful borage available.
Super easy to grow, this gorgeous bright, bushy herb is from the same family as Oregano – so you can use is on pizzas (fire up that oven…), roast chicken, and the rest. It also has pretty pink flowers that will have your bees buzzing with delight year on year. Oh, and it’s very hard to kill, which is also a bonus.
Where to buy it: Victoriana Nursery Gardens is a great place to buy top-quality herbs.
Ah, the good old sunflower. A wonderful plant to grow from seed (kids will love watching them grow as the process is speedy and satisfying – perfect for a window sill project). And when you plant them out, the centre of these sunny yellow flowers will provide oodles of nectar for your bees to chow down on. As an added bonus, sunflower pollen is also medicinal – keeping your bumbly friends in tip top health.
Where to buy it: Crocus offers seeds and plants in varying colours.
Don’t be put off buy the name, this delicate British wildflower is a pretty daisy-like plant with masses of white flowers, each with a sunny yellow centre. A real classic. This perennial (it comes back every year – no fuss) will bloom all the way from spring until autumn, giving you a great show, whilst feeding your flying friends.
Where to buy it: Landlife Wildflowers has 10 to 40 fleabane pots available for instant impact.