Bee-friendly (and not so friendly) flowers

Basics for bee friendly flowers:

 

To help out our bee friends the most, try to provide bee-friendly flowers that are rich in pollen and nectar and that the bees can easily access from spring until late summer, ensuring pollen when they need it most. Things to remember when planting flowers for bees:

 

The more suitable flowering plants you have in your garden the better. Obviously you should plant what you want for food and asthetic purposes, but you should have at least two kinds of bee-friendly plant for each flowering period. 

 

 

Things to avoid:

 

The shape of some flowers make it difficult or impossible for bumblebees to use. For example, flower petals that form long tunnels can bee too long or narrow for the bees to feed from. Similarly, flowers with multiple tightly packed heads offer little access to the food that the bees need. 

 

Some flowers are not suitable for bees because they produce little to no pollen and nectar. This is often a result from selective breeding for a pleasing appearance. Pansies,  double begonias and similar species offer little for bumblebees.

 

 

 

Resources for bee-friendly flowers and bee-unfriendly flowers are abound. Here are some of our friends websites for loads more information on what flowers to plant, and not plant, to best help bees throughout the year. 

A fabulous organization helping out UK pollinators. Check out their website full of information on bee-friendly plants, gardening tips, useful research on polinator freindly plants, and even order plants on their online store. 

Take this online test to determine how bee-friendly your current garden is and get recommendations on what to plant.

A plethora of information about how to, the benefits of and which wildflowers to grwo in your garden, balcony or terrace. 

A wonderful organization supporting pollinators and biodiversity. Check out their wesbite for great infromation on gardening, bee foraging fact and pollinator friendly flowers.

A fantastic resource for planting flowers in the city, with recommended plants by flowering month, great tips on planting on window sills, balconies and more!

Learn what wild flowers, herbs, trees, shrubs, and plants are best for bees. Navigate around for more inforamtion about pollinator friendly practices.

Download this extensive list of pollen and nectar rich flowering plants for your garden by type and season.

A great resource for planting bee-frendly flowers in the city. They have lots of photos and convenient guides to use. 

Learn the basics of bee-friendly gardening and with excellent resources for the best flowers to plant and more pollinator friendly practices. 

General information on the basics of creating your own bee-friendly garden and where to get the seeds and plants to start! Lots more great info too!