A Proven System
When selecting plants for your garden, always remember that simple, old fashioned varieties are better than highly cultivated ones. Herbs and Heathers are generally great for bees, as well as traditional cottage style flowers. Honeybees prefer single petal flowers, such as the sunflowers, lavenders, raspberries and many more.
Help Them Thrive
There is much you can do in your own gardens to help save the bees! Ensure you have flowers and plants in bloom for as long as possible in the garden. Spring bulbs such as narcissus and crocuses. Pussy willow and herbs such as rosemary are also very useful. Plant some winter heathers for the late blooms.
PLEASE try make the effort to purchase plants, bulbs and seeds free of neonicotinoid and systemic insecticides. Especially stay away from plants that have been treated with Fungicides.
Another option is to purchase your plants, bulbs and seeds from organic suppliers
REMEMBER too that a supply of water and mud are useful. Some bees such as Mason bees, use mud for nests. Good tip: get a 10 gal. to 50 gal. pot saucepan, fill it with river pebbles, rip rap or marbles then fill it up with water ensuring there is still space for the bees (even butterflies) to land, to drink.
They Love Wildflowers
Plant flowers in your garden, or even create a small meadow. There are several ways you could do this:
– allow a pathch of lawn to grow, only mowing twice during the year(early and late in season).
– sow seeds or buy potted wildflowers
– many grassy areas will not convert easily to meadow, because of resilient grasses that prevent wildflowers from establishing.
– if this is the case, Sow a wildflower that is parasitic on tough grasses such as yellow Rattle, which is loved by bees and will out-compete the grass.