January 23, 2018
Get a BUZZ from a bee-friendly garden
Regardless of if you’re a beekeeper or just love bees, there are things you can do to help both native bees and European honey bees – such as planting flowering plants, leaving some bare dirt patches around the garden un-mulched, allowing last season’s leftover stalks to lie, and installing pollinator houses.
European honeybees pollinate a third of our food crops, making a huge contribution to our food supply chain, our economy and the broader ecosystem, so the more we can help them do their thing, the better off everyone is.
The thyme is right
Bees looooove thyme. It’s a one-stop-shop for foragers, providing high yields of both pollen and nectar.
Bees love blue and violet flowers best, especially the many species of lavender you can grow at home. Like thyme, it produces an abundance of both pollen and nectar.
Sage flowers are among the honey bee’s very favorite. They go crazy for it, and when they find some will do a dance so the rest of the colony knows where the party is.
Bees’ favorite colours are BLUE and YELLOW. Native bees are also particularly attracted to WHITE.
Tips for bee-friendly gardening
Plant flowering plants in bountiful clumps so bees don’t have to search far for forage and can work more efficiently
Avoid pesticides. Companion planting is the way to go if you want to control pests. Pesticides are one of the reasons bee populations are in decline
Plant several species to ensure you have forage for every season
Maintain multiple water sources around your garden
Spread the word among your neighbors, family and friends
Other plants bees love
Basil • Borage • Chives • Comfrey • Coriander • Fennel • Lemon Balm • Mustard • Oregano • Parsley • Rocket • Rosemary
Apple • Apricot • Blackberry • Blueberry • Citrus • Currants • Plum • Strawberries
Chili • Cucumber • Pumpkins
Alyssum • Asters • Clover • Cornflower • Cosmos • Echinacea • Hollyhocks • Geranium • Marigold • Sunflowers • Roses • Violets • Zinnias
Red Maple • Common Yarrow • Swamp Milkweed • Sneezeweed • Bee Balm • Black-Eyed Susan • Panicled Aster • Blue Vervain
We've also created this downloadable PDF on bee-friendly gardening: