Give bees a helping hand by planting bulbs, annuals, herbs, small fruits, perennials, vines, shrubs, and trees that provide all the nectar they need to create a healthy and productive hive. Some flowers produce more nectar than others, others are great honey flowers, and some just intoxicate the bees. Choose a variety of plants that flower at different times so there is always a snack available when bees are out.
Select an open sunny south-facing, quiet area protected from the wind. This will provide the maximum hours of warmth and sunlight that bees need.
• Plant a wide variety of plants that flower continuously at different but overlapping times during spring, summer and fall.
• Native plants attract native bees.
• Flowers should have single rather than double blooms to better supply the bee with nectar and pollen.
• Plant a variety of colourful and scented flowers. Bees have excellent colour vision and love blue, purple, white and yellow.
• Plant each species of plant en masse and fairly close together to better supply the bee with nectar and prevent the bees from becoming exhausted.
• Dead heading and judicious pruning will help prolong the flowering habit of certain plant cultivars.
• Avoid the use of pesticides and herbicides where possible especially those that have a residual effect such as those containing pyrethrins.