blue forget me not

Here are some easy-to-grow, bee-attracting flowers that can be started from Yates seeds. Favourite, bee-friendly colours seem to be yellow, purple or blue.
  • Forget me nots are spring annuals that produce copious quantities of seed, ensuring that the plants re-appear year after year.
  • Lavender in all its forms is a wonderful bee attractant and, because of its long flowering period and its range of varieties, it’s possible to have lavender in flower for most of the year. Dwarf Lavender Munstead can be grown from seed.
  • Nasturtiums, too, grow readily from seed. Both the bee-attracting flowers and the leaves are edible.
  • Catmint, with its grey foliage and soft mauve blooms, makes a delightful edging for vegie beds.
  • Yates Phacelia is renowned for its appeal to ‘good’ garden insects, including hoverflies and honeybees.
  • Salvia, especially the blue flowering variety, attracts bees.

If you see neat, circular shapes

cut into your leaves,

these are made by

LeafCutter Bees.

They won't harm your plant, so

please DO NO spray pesticides.

Thank you

Some of the herbs are also very bee-friendly. They have a natural affinity with vegetables and many are said to deter insect pests in the garden. Try these herbs:

  • Basil is an annual that grows right through the warmer weather, producing sprays of white, pink or mauve flowers in late summer and autumn. Allowing a few flowers to develop will attract bees.
  • Thyme is a perennial mini shrub that, like basil, flowers in late summer.
  • Sage, the culinary form of the ornamental salvias, does a good job as a bee attractant.
  • Rocket can be classed either as a herb or a salad vegetable. Allowing some rocket to flower and go to seed will encourage friendly insects to visit the garden.

Also try borage, chives, garlic chives and coriander.

Don’t forget, though, that some people have a life-threatening allergic reaction to bees and bee-stings. Perhaps a cute sign about yours being a ‘bee-friendly garden’ will provide visitors with an appropriate warning.

To encourage native pollinators, plant native flowering plants and try to leave some natural parts of your garden. Areas with unmown grass, native shubs, logs, ponds and rocks all help provide suitable nesting and feeding sites for native insects and other small creatures.



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