Flowers for bumblebees
March - April
Erica carnea (heather)
May - June
July - September
St. Johns Wort
Bee Friendly Bedding Plants
For early spring you can have flowering trees and shrubs as well as
heathers, rosemarys, and violas.
Thompson & Morgan have some great plants that can help feed bees during
'Lucie' - Part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection - 3 x 8cm potted plants
Heathers aren’t difficult to grow. 'Lucie' is a darleyensis
type, which tolerates ANY well-drained soil so you can grow it almost
anywhere. Already awarded The Heather Society's Premier Award, which
considers flower colour, size and longevity, habit and hardiness, this
is the beginning of a new generation of heathers. Try it today - you’re
sure to enjoy these fabulous hardy perennials.
Thompson & Morgan has these new lines today
majus 'Bronze Dragon' - 1 packet (100 seeds)
These bushy, dwarf plants have the darkest, almost black foliage
we have ever seen on an Antirrhinum! Bred by Thompson & Morgan,
Bronze Dragon looks almost as attractive before flowering as it
does when smothered in its gorgeous, purple and white bicoloured
blooms. Truly outstanding in borders or containers and can also
boast very good rust resistance.
Good for bees.
Pots & Tubs Collection - SPECIAL OFFER - 7 packets - 1 of each
Here's a great deal to create a big splash of colour! Thompson
and Morgan's spectacular choice of basket, pot and Flower Pouch®
varieties will transform your patio or decking area into an attractive
and interesting place to sit, relax and enjoy your garden.
Collection comprises one packet each of:Geranium Summertime Mixed
(6 seeds)Nasturtium Climbing Mixed (40 seeds)Antirrhinum Bronze
Dragon (100 seeds)Sweet Pea Sugar 'n' Spice (25 seeds)Viola Sweeties
(25 seeds)Bacopa Snowtopia White (10 pellets)Lobelia Cascade Mixed
All will be loved by bees and other insects.
and Border Variety Pack - 36 plugs - 12 of each variety £10.99
Everything you need for your beds and borders! This fabulous
collection will fill your garden with colour that will last
all summer long.
Begonia 'Organdy' - A striking range of flower colours and contrasting
rounded foliage in bronze and green.
Antirrhinum 'Madame Butterfly' - Unique, double snapdragon petals
prevent insects from pollinating the flowers, so they last much
longer than single-flowered varieties.
Marigold 'Zenith' - These vigorous, bushy plants have outstanding
weather resistance making them ideal for planting en-masse.
A really lovely plant for insects is the Buddleja
it's a strong growing shrub that is perfect if you have a corner
of the garden where nothing else sees to do very well. Buddleja
is a strong growing plant that will create plumes of flowers
for insects of all types to enjoy.
officinalis is another great bee friendly plant that is
well worth planting. Known as the English marigold look out
for single bloom varietys as double blooms like pompoms are
very unfriendly for bees.
This one has the joy of being a perennial so you can plant
them and leave them in for year after year bee friendly flowers:
Thompson & Morgan has
dealbata - 1 packet (80 seeds) £1.99
Which is a very attractive clump forming lavender pink cornflower,
with the unusual characteristic of being perennial and flowering
In the first year. Easy to grow. adding height and interest
to borders, as well as making a superb border cut flower.
Height: 80-90cm (32-36in).
First Year Flowering Perennial,
Flowering in June/July.
For a real variety of wild flowers you could plant some of
It'll provide a stunning selection of insect friendly flowers.
Grow your own wild meadow! Perfect for a corner of your garden
and ideal if you have poor soil as wild flowers thrive on
the worst soils!
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Bees and other pollinating insects need all the help we can give them!
Single flowers are better for bees. Anything that has been bred to produce
more petals or double flowers tends to have very little in the way of
pollen for bees and other insects.
Without bees the food crops will not be pollinated.
Bees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths all need nectar.
You don't have to dedicate your entire garden - just a few select plants
can really help!
A wide shallow dish of water is also an essential for encouraging wildlife
in. Not only do birds need a drink, but so do bees. They need many litres
of water to make honey! So a wide shallow edged container with water in
is a real help to them!
of Bee Friendly plants at T&M
If you don't fancy becoming a bee keeper with a hive there's still a
lot you can do to help solitary bees.
Some like nesting inside hollow stems of plants and you can creat bee
hotels for them with bamboo canes bundled up together or by cutting down
those plants that have hollow stems and not tidying away the stems to
the compost bin. They like holes that are under 1 cm in diameter best.
You can buy special bee nests but using natural materials in your garden
has zero cost implications for you.
Some like soil to dig a nest in so if you see bees visiting an area in
your garden then look closely to see if you can spot the tunnels and then
leave well alone!
Of course if you find your local bee keeping society and do a training
course you could learn to keep bees and it's a fascinating hobby and you'd
be able to produce your own honey too!
One of the most exciting hints for lazy gardeners is to not mow the lawn
as often. In the UK we often mow the lawn as soon as the clover starts
opening - but if you leave it a few weeks then the clover will be covered
in bees enjoying the pollen.