Planting for Bees
In the UK we have roughly 25 native species bees which may seem like a lot but unfortunately three of these species are already extinct, two are critically endangered and many more are declining in numbers.
Colony collapse threatens bees everywhere, as gardeners we can do our part to look after and encourage bees to our garden. Below is a small but by no means comprehensive list of plants that you can provide for the bees.
Fruits and Vegetables Blackberries, cantaloupe, cucumber, gourds, fruit trees, peppers, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, strawberries, watermelons, wild garlic.
Herbs Bee balm, borage, catnip, cilantro, fennel, lavender, mints, rosemary, sage, thyme.
Trees Alder, amer, holly, basswood, black gum, black locust, buckeyes, catalpa, east redbud, hawthorns, hazels, linden, magnolia, maples, mountain ash, polar, sycamore, willows.
Annuals Asters, callipsis, clover, marigolds, poppies, sunflowers, zinnias
Perennials Buttercups, clematis, cosmos, crocuses, dahlias, echinacea, English ivy, foxglove, geraniums, globe thistle. hollyhocks, hyacinth, rock cress, roses, sedum, snowdrops, squills, yellow hyssop.
Shrubs Blueberry, butterfly bush, honeysuckle, indigo, privet