28 great plants for bees

Our bees are under threat right now, and you can help by supporting Friends of the Earth's Great British Bee Count.

One of the easiest ways to make a difference is providing valuable food for bees and other pollinating insects 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 all year round.


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.