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Gardening for bees

Gardening for bees: what you need to know

Bees love plants that are rich in nectar and pollen - and growing them is easy and enjoyable. It's one of the most effective ways you can help Britain's bees and other pollinating insects, such as hoverflies. This is where you can find out about making your garden pollinator-friendly.

You don't need lots of space to make a start. It's all about having the right plants for bees to visit through the seasons, not just in the summer.

From window boxes and pots on the patio, to gardens and allotments, you can help bees to feed and thrive while taking pleasure from watching your plants grow, flower and attract bees.

Surprisingly, research shows that urban gardens, streets and parks are as important for helping bees and other pollinators as the countryside is - because they tend to have a bigger choice of plants for bees to visit all year round.

10 easy ways to help bees in your garden

What could be lovelier than a garden buzzing with insect life, colour and fragrance all year?

With bees in trouble, our gardens are vital fast-food takeaways for bees and other beneficial bugs. As well as serving up a varied menu of plants they provide the shelter and nesting places bees need.

What's more, bee-friendly gardening is more likely to be responsible gardening - growing the right plants, and avoiding chemicals in the garden

Read our 10 easy ways to help attract bees and other pollinators to your patch.


Grow 5 easy herbs bees will love

Herbs are easy to grow, and some are especially good for attracting bees and other pollinating insects.

Organic gardening expert Bob Sherman shares his practical growing tips - so that you can reap the benefits of a thriving herb patch with the joy of seeing bees and other pollinators on your doorstep.

With tips on growing herbs from seed, Bob covers popular plants including chives, mint, thyme, marjoram and sage.

Make yourself a wildflower meadow for bees

A wildflower meadow makes an eye-catching habitat for bees and other wildlife. Here are 8 easy tips to get you going.

From the best time to cut the grass and how to avoid pesticides, to tips on the best kind of seeds - here's a quick guide that'll help transform that patch into a blooming haven for bees and other pollinators.

Bee-friendly tea towel

This stunning organic cotton tea towel features some popular wildflowers and garden plants that bees will love. The design by Stuart Gardiner shows plants by season – so you can help hungry bees through the year.


Get your Bee Saver Kit

Let's cover the country with bee-friendly flowers, and help Britain's bees thrive. 

Our Bee Saver Kit contains all you need to get started and bring some colour to your garden, school or planters.

The kit includes wildflower seeds to provide valuable food for a range of bees, a bee identification guide, a garden planner and bee guide.

Think you can't help bees if you don't have a garden? Think again.

Want to help bees but live in a concrete jungle? Not enough space? No garden? No problem.

We spoke to some of the people who are turning grey to green and helping bees and wildlife in our cities.

Find out how these six inspiring groups are making havens for hungry bees.

Helping bees without a garden