About About bees & beekeeping Gardening for bees Gardening for bees Woodland, hedgerows and verges have been disappearing at an alarming rate and parts of the countryside are now green deserts with very few wild flowers so bees need your help! It doesn't matter if your garden is a balcony, allotment, window box, hanging basket, pots and tubs or a swathe of green open space; with a bit of thought pollinators can benefit from a banquet of pollen and nectar right throughout the year. Choose plants with single, open flowers for easy access to the pollen and nectar. And remember! When you are next out at the garden centre keep your eye out for these: Hellebore species and hybrids Helleborus Niger (Christmas Rose) andH. orientalis (lenten rose) are popular.Tolerant of most conditions, they prefermoist, well drained alkaline soil in dappledshade. They can grow well in pots. Salvia species Choose the right one for your garden.They can be pruned in the spring and lookstriking in a border. Salvias are sun-lovingplants and good drainage is essential forthe survival of almost all salvias. Echinacea A good choice is Echinacea purpurea. Thisdaisy like flower is a long-flowering borderperennial which is easy to grow. It is an excellentplant for pollinators, rich in nectarthrough late summer and autumn. Rudbeckia laciniata Striking larger plant with tall uprightstems, divided foliage and many singleyellow flowers in late summer. Easy togrow if given full sun or partial shade and amoderately fertile soil that is moist butwell-drained. Lavandula species Lavender angustifolia is a good choice and asuperb plant for introducing vibrant colourand scent into a garden. Lavender is idealfor a mixed border, but it also makes afantastic edging plant. Lavender reallyneeds sun, well-drained soil and dislikeswet, especially in the winter. Galanthus nivalis common snowdrop A delicate little flower bravely flowering inearly Spring, often covered in snow, but avital source for pollen and nectar. Crocus species (winter-flowering) Delightful splashes of vibrant colour inspring, easy to grow and look beautiful incontainers or in groups on a lawn. An earlysource of pollen for the bees Cosmos Cosmos are very easy to grow and haveedible flowers. simply scatter the seedsand these freely flowering annual plantswill spring up. A good choice is Cosmosbipinnatus. Sedum species There are many varieties of sedum plants,which make them suitable for almost alltypes of gardens. Sedums are hardy, easy tocare for and make great cut flowers. Sedumspectabile, ‘ice plant’, is a good choice. Verbena species Verbena will thrive in full sun, well drainedsoil and relatively dry conditions. Verbenaofficinalis is a good choice for long lastingblooms during the summer. It has tall,fragrant flowers on rigid stems and willattract many pollinators. Our BBKA leaflet Ten favourite flowers to attract Honey Bees is available for you to print at home. For the keen gardeners who want to go a bit deeper, read Sarah Holdsworth's BBKA News article about the impact of different cultivars and hybrid clones explaining how to identify them from their names, providing a full overview of what to plant and when.