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Planting for Bees

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Having a beekeeper as part of our team has made us understand that this is an important part of garden design.  For the last decade bee populations in the UK have been steadily declining across the three groups of bees that are found in the UK:-

  • Honey bee
  • Bumble Bee
  • Solitary Bee

Many plants that we grow rely on bees to pollinate them and continued decline could be catastrophic, thankfully we can all do a little to help and with some careful planting incorporated into your garden design will provide these wonderful insects with a welcome food source.

A lot of top bee plants are herbs so incorporating a small herb garden do wonders for your insect population or you could create a wildflower area using a bee friendly seed mix.

Other ways to help include solitary and bumble bee boxes or if you want to go a step further but without becoming a bee keeper yourself you can contact your local bee keeping group who can advise you about adopting a hive, this means you’ll have all the benefit of a hive of bees in the garden without the hard work and expense that comes with it.

These are some of the top bee plants

  • Alliums
  • Borage
  • Echium
  • Hellebores
  • Mint
  • Cat Mint
  • Choisya

  • Hebe
  • Lavander
  • Mahonina
  • Wild Cherry Trees
  • Viburnum
  • Lime Trees

For a full list of trees and shrubs please visit RHS:
RHS Planting for Bees
RHS Good Polinators

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