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Trees & Shrubs for Bees - Introduction

Firstly, why should you encourage bees into your garden?

It’s a good question. Even if you’re averse to the fuzzy creatures, you can’t deny how important they are to the environment. As pollinators for most fruits and many vegetables, one in three mouthfuls of food you eat will have relied on bee pollination somewhere down the line.

Considering the rapid declines affecting the global bee population, this is a sobering thought. Fortunately, you can plan your garden to encourage and shelter bees, providing valuable food sources and keeping our trees pollinated.

Trees for Bees You can attract bees to the garden through species like the crab apple

So then, how do you encourage bees into your garden?

While you obviously need flowers, bees won’t relocate to anywhere without the chance to pollinate, certain flowers are more ‘bee friendly’ than others. Ideally, stick to single flowers. They’re larger, and make it easier for insects to gain access to nectar and pollen. In comparison, double flowered plants often contain little to no nectar.

Secondly, keep on top of your garden’s seasonal plan. You might have a fantastic display of summer foliage, but if your spring flowerers are all spent there’s little reason for bees to stick around. Try and aim for staggered interest, extending the flowering season from early spring to the very last days of summer. Not only will this give bees plenty of support, but you’ll get a stunningly coloured garden over a large part of the year.

What should you plant to encourage bees into your garden?

Many garden favourites are excellent for bees, with apples, crab apples, and cherries performing well (particularly ornamental, single flowering cherries). You could also consider ornamental pears, or hawthorns and blackthorns.

We’ll be updating with more tree choices a little more in the next couple of weeks, starting with Tilia (Limes). Be sure to check back regularly.

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