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28 Great Plants for Bees

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Bees get food from lots of different plants through the seasons. As well as planting flowers, think about herbs, fruit, vegetables, shrubs and trees – they can all provide nectar when they are in flower.

Use our guide to get your garden blooming for the Great British Bee Count – and all year round.

28 Great Plants for Bees


















You can also download this seasonal guide as a pdf (1.3MB)

Make your space bee-friendly

  • No garden?
    No problem. Plant herbs in a pot outside your front door or in a window box – bees will love them.
  • Fruity flavours
    When soft fruits are in flower they are great for bees and they don’t have to take up huge amounts of space. Home-grown raspberries and strawberries are delicious too.
  • Drinking water
    Leave a shallow dish of water for bees, especially in the warmer months. Fill it with pebbles so they have somewhere to land.
  • Buying plants
    When you go to the garden centre, narrow down your shopping list by watching which flowers attract bees the most.
  • Plants as gifts
    Buying a present for someone? Make it bee friendly. How about a patio fruit tree like a crabapple, or cherry for a special anniversary? Strawberries and blueberries are great for young children.


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