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Plan Bee: Monthly Guide - December
Summer is finally here! A wide variety of bee-friendly plants will now be out in bloom.
Bee-friendly plants out in flower
Summer offer the bees an abundance of flowering bee-friendly plants. Check out these plants that will be feeding our bees this month:
One of the best flowers to offer bees and an old fashioned favourite, cornflowers are easy to grow and add height to any flower garden.
Echinacea* – Now Instore!
A well-known attractant for all bees and many butterfly species, Echinacea’s leaves, flowers and roots also have natural therapeutic uses.
A perfect drought-tolerant ground-cover with culinary uses and small, sweet flowers that are great for bees.
Pohutakaua – Now Instore!
Our native ‘Christmas tree’ is loved by both bees and native nectar drinking birds such as the tui and bellbird. Don’t have a lot of space in the garden? Ask about our Dwarf variety!
Being a bee favourite, Lavender is still in bloom and easy to look after, even in summer. Perfect for patio pots or boarders for flower beds.
Bee-friendly plants ready for planting
Summer fills our gardens with colour, and bees with full bellies. Remember to water, mulch and add saturaid to your garden so your plants don't dry out in the summer heat. Fertilise with organic liquid fertiliser such as Ocean Grow, once every three weeks.
Sage enjoys the hotter, drier places in the garden and is a perfect herb for the summer heat. Be sure to add some organic matter in free draining soil for this herb. Check out our different varieties instore!
A perennial with small white flowers and long slender leaves used in herb teas and natural soaps. Perfect in the herb garden or in a large container in full sun.
Alyssum – Instore Now!
This cascading bedding plant with it's bunching white flowers is a favourite choice for handing baskets and patio pots. Plant from spring to autumn in a partly shaded to sunny area in well-draining soil.
Bergamot (Bee balm)*
As the name suggests, bee balm is attracts bees and other pollinating insects. This herb also can be used as a substitute for oregano. Plant in full sun in moist, but well-draining soil.
Rosemary is hardy, tolerating dry spells in the hot summer sun. It can also be used as a tall screening plant, or as ground cover. Plant with rich organic matter such as compost and sheep pellets, and mulch well.
Monthly Bee tip:
Now that it’s coming into summer, it’s a good time think about giving bees access to water.
Although bees don't drink water for hydration like humans do, they do still need it for digesting sugars and for temperature control within colonies and hives. If you have a birdbath or small water feature, make sure to add small rocks for them to perch on. Once bees find a reliable source of water, they will return regularly.
Get involved with your community to learn how you can help your local bees thrive with different plants and planting techniques. Check out our bee-enthusiast partners, For The Love Of Bees, on their website www.fortheloveofbees.co.nz, or follow them on Facebook for more info.