Need Bees This Year!

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  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,818

    Verbena bonariensis attracts bees and other plants and will self seed itself. Achillea is another good one and a later in the season one is echinacea which is easy to grow from seed.

    If not much room you could get a dwarf budleiea (buzz) 

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    WOW! Thankyou very much everyone! I'm off to a garden centre later, so will make sure I buy as many of the suggestions I can find! I feel a huge shopping spree coming on and a hole burnt in my bank account :P

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I used to have one bed entirely filled with lavender; the buzzing of the bees on it could be heard in the house! Problem was I used to have to harvest the flowers by torchlight to avoid being stung.

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Funny you should say that artjak, because I was going to create a lavender hedge on each side of my garden path and was wondering whether I'd be able to walk through them in the height of summer shen bees are around. Might chance it, what do you think, was it worth it?

  • smudgesmudge Posts: 13

    Hi there,

     

    The Bumble Bee Conservation Trust has an excellent website full of advice & tips to help attract Bees.

     

    Take a look....

    http://bumblebeeconservation.org/get-involved/gardening-for-bees/

    Hope that helps.

     

     

  • You could also look for something like Red Valerian and aquilegia as they flower for months and months.

    The key seems to be having flowers available as early as possible, so things like mahonia are also usefull there, flowering from nov-march.

     

    PS Red Valerian is dead easy to grow from cuttings, so if you see one growing in a verge just stop and take some image

  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    Hi Ryan image  I have a Cotoneaster Horizontalis growing against my fence.  It has tiny pink flowers in the spring and it is always covered in bees of every variety!  I also like to attract birds and in the autumn the blackbirds and thrushes can't wait to get its red berries.

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Hi guys, thankyou for all your posts...

    Well, I've been to the garden centre and it was almost bare, probably the weekend rush, but I bought a few plants anyhow...

    3 Pulmonarias, 3 Achillea, Salvia, Foxglove, Sedum, Aconitum, Primrose, Geranium, 3 Hellebores, 2 Aqueligia, Campanula and Polemonium...

    This cost me £60, is that good? I did try and get a bargain...

    Also, I have absolutely no idea what polemonium is and how to look after it, the picture just looked nice...any help on that would be appreciated thankyou image

    I'm planning to buy the more substantial plants like buddleia and cotoneaster and red valerian later on.

  • You have a lovely haul there Ryan...I've got a polenonumiumnomnimnum too image

     

    I garden to attract bumble bees and have had loads visit the garden...I would agree with the suggestions you've been given too. A few of the star perennial performers in our garden as far as bees are concerned have been....

    Lavender

    Hyssop

    Nepeta

    Veronicas

    echinacea

    liatris

    thyme

    oregano

    salvias

    rudbeckias

    heleniums

    foxgloves

    sedum

    Don't forget trusty annuals though, plants like phacelia, marigolds, cerinthe and sunflowers are bee magnets...(and butterflies love them too)

     

  • Ryan LloydRyan Lloyd Posts: 391

    Haha Cheerypeabrain, it is quite a mouthful! Thankyou for your suggestions, I just spent another £90 on Crocus because of that 20% off offer...whoops! I bought hyssop, salvia, lobeilia, dierama, cotoneaster, verbena, pulmonarias, more achillea, bugle and an astrantia.

    Oh yes, I forgot about annuals, got carried away with perennials, luckily I have annual seeds so I'll get sowing!

    Hopefully I'll have a brilliant garden this year, have you got a favourite plant atall? image

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