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Flowering Guide for Bees

08 Dec, 2021

In addition to adding summer flowers to your garden, don’t forget to provide the local bees and pollinating insects with a feast. They will, in turn, help pollinate nearby veggies, fruit and ornamental plants.

Borage

Very easy to grow from seed, borage has beautiful dainty blue flowers that are highly attractive to bees. Plant near fruit trees in spring to encourage better pollination. Borage will self-seed, so you will never run out, and you can give unwanted plants away to neighbours and friends. Borage flowers are also edible, but don’t use too many, so bees can enjoy them too.

Echinacea

Echinacea, also known as ‘cone flowers’, are a well sought-after flower in the garden for not only bees, but butterflies as well. They have large landing pads which are great for flying insects, and the flowers have a large amount of both pollen and nectar, making the trip worthwhile for them.

Beebalm

It’s in the name! A type of mint, beebalm (or bergamot) is a perennial plant that comes back year after year, making it quite hardy. It flowers over the summer period and is easy to grow. This will attract bees as well as pollinating insects and butterflies.

Lavender

A favourite for honey, and bumble bees! This fragrant, dry-tolerant shrub is great for garden edging or in pots and will flower in spring and summer. Trim back dead flowers once finished to encourage bushier growth.

Aster

A type of daisy that not only looks great in the garden, but will be visited by pollinating insects, as well as creating shelter for predatory insects like ladybugs and praying mantis.

Bee Tip

Keep your bee-friendly flowers well fed with liquid Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster once every three to four weeks.

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