Blooming Beds For Bees

 

There are a number of reasons why there are fewer insects every year. Among them is a lack of food. Wildflower meadows are disappearing, traditional gardens are being turned into rockeries, and as a result, bees have fewer and fewer places where they can find food and shelter. Planting beds of flowers can help buck this trend and give the insects a helping hand.

Any garden or balcony can be a little piece of paradise for insects. Beds of flowers enable you to attract a wide range of useful insects and provide bees with the pollen and nectar they need for life – plus they look great, too.

However, not all flowers are equal. You should therefore select your seeds carefully, ensuring the plants are suited to the local growing conditions and the types of bee in the area. You should also aim for a selection that will flower for as much of the season as possible so as to ensure sufficient food for the insects.

A meadow full of flowers, but which are the right ones?

Although the human eye can’t tell the difference between a pollinated and a “fresh” flower, bees know straight away with most plants – flowers that haven’t yet been pollinated look and smell more attractive to bees than others. This makes it easier for them to find the correct flowers.

Sowing mixed flower seeds in tubs, pots or flower beds is one way you can help bees and other pollinators with their search for food.

You can find out which plants are particularly suitable in which season of the year here: