Attracting Bees

Attracting Bees

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, May 03

Attracting Bees

Bees are in decline and we need to encourage them into the garden as pollinators and also provide them with a home. When planting up containers, use plants that will give sustenance to bees and other insects. A pot full of herbs will attract bees and give them a buffet to enjoy. Plant marjoram, thyme, sage and rosemary in a pot and wait for them to arrive. If you don't use them, leave them to flower for maximum feeding. 

Create a Bee Hotel

A simple hotel can be placed in the area created for wildlife by tying together bamboo canes into bundles and placing them in between old wood. Make sure the canes are not blocked with dried pith. A bee post is so simple to make. Drill a variety of holes in a thick piece of untreated timber and fix to a fence or sunny wall. Using paving and edging you can make a more elaborate and permanent hotel infilled with wood, moss and even old air bricks.


Think About Replanting

Think about bergamot, hyssop and sweet William. Zinnias for your planters as they are particularly attractive to bees, they also make good companion plants in the vegetable plot. These old favourites come in plentiful colours, seeds can be saved for replanting and if organically grown the petals can be eaten or used as a garnish. British wild flowers that are also in decline can be included in your planting schemes and will help support a wider range of pollinating insects. The common dogwood, clover and cow parsley and of course the poppy are ideal to gather into a wildflower bouquet when in flower and this looser feel can be complemented with traditional feel paving and aggregates for a truly cottage feel. 

MEET PAUL

Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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