Help me choose bee-friendly plants please!
I am an experienced vegetable grower but a complete novice with ornamentals so need lots of help please!
We have a new house and the previous occupants left the garden in a total state. A full set of kitchen units was left to rot in the area with the best light and although we have dug out as much as possible, I don't want to grow vegetables there. We would like to grow flowering plants that will attract bees To help pollinate the vegetables. I think probably lavender at the front but please could you help me find a shrub that will grow to about 4-5ft, not take over the whole border, and provide as much nectar and pollen to bees as possible. It is against a low south facing fence, in the South West, on very good soil apart from dumping!
We also have the North- facing border which is in shade almost all the time and would like to plant bee friendly plants there too if possible. Nothing too poisonous as we have small children.
Thanks in advance for any help with this!