Some ideas for bee-friendly plants, trees and shrubs for your garden.

Whether we use our green space for pleasure or as a vegetable plot, we can all enjoy the rewards of planting for bees. Whether your garden be a balcony, allotment, window box, hanging basket, pots and tubs or a swathe of green open space we can all provide honey bees and other insect pollinators with a banquet of pollen and nectar throughout the year. Not only will they benefit from the sensual feast plants provide, so will we. We will also enjoy the variety of honey and foods from those plants. By planting the right type of plants and trees, we provide a larder for honey bees and other pollinators, habitats for wildlife and, in addition, pollination by bees provides food for us and other wildlife from birds to insects. So, by planting for bees, everyone is a winner.

bee foraging borage

Our BBKA Planting guide handbook is currently being re-written and will be out for release soon. For the avid gardeners and scientifically minded, please see the excellently researched BBKA Special Issue on Flower Families for Forage available on our shop for £4.00 inc. p&p.

In accordance with DEFRA and other environmental and wildlife charities this planting print out has also been developed geared toward honey bee forage.