For the bees
It sounds dramatic but the future of bees is by round about ways also the secret to our own well-being. With their habitats under threat, bees are in decline and we can help. While you may not want to go the extra distance and include a beehive in your garden design there are plenty of ways to support our pollen-carrying friends.
Plant the right flowers
Here are some great choices that bees love.
Bee-friendly annuals include Marigolds, Sunflowers, Poppies, Cosmos, clover, Nasturtiums, Hebe, Dahlias, Gladiolus. Some bee-patronised perennials are Tagasaste (Tree Lucerne), Calendula, Echium, Viburnum, Hoheria, Lavender, Cabbage Tree, Hebe, Alyssum, Pohutukawa,Catmint, Echinacea, Geraniums, Aquilegia, Phlox, Honeysuckle, and Clematis.
Plus honeysuckle and clematis are climbers that have bee appeal.
Blue and yellow flowering plants are bee favourites along with white and purple blooms but multi-coloured, a variety of blooms and flowers grown in clumps are all advantageous.
Bees need water so whether it’s a shallow bowl or a lily pond make sure there is plenty of H2O to go.