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The best plants for supporting bees

With a huge focus on keeping bee populations at a healthy, sustainable level, the right plants are essential. Bee’s importance in the public eye is at a high after the appointment of Chris Beardshaw as the first ‘Bee Resistant’ ambassador, and Alexandra Froggat’s garden promoting bee awareness. Bees are an essential part of the natural world, pollinating plants and allowing their growth. Estimations show that one third of food consumed is a result of bee pollination!

In light of this, Pro Landscaper has collated the top six plants to help the bees, so they can in turn, help us.

 

Monarda

From the mint family, this genus is endemic to North America. It has earned the common name bee balm for its fragrant leaves and high levels of nectar.

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Chives

Chives

This perennial plant is indigenous to Europe, Asia and North America. It also provides ample amounts of nectar, earning a spot in the top 10 most nectar-rich plants, which is crucial for bees.
 

Geranium

With 422 species, the Geranium comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. What is consistent among them, is that they are high in nectar and their aroma attracts hordes of bees.
 

Lavender

Particular about its growing conditions, Lavender likes sunny, dry and well drained areas. It’s aromatic flowers and leaves are always attractive to the bees. 

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Lavender

Perovskia

Common name: Russian Sage. This flowering herbaceous perennial’s bright colour and aroma draw in bees from miles around.
 

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster have all year round interest. This simple shrub has small white flowers which appear in the spring, great for bees. It also sprouts berries in autumn that are great for other wildlife.
If you know any plants that are great for keeping bee populations happy, let us know!
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