Avoid using any chemical pest controls and weed killers in your garden. This is essential as all bees are susceptible to the damaging effects of these chemicals. New types of pesticides – called neo-nicotinoids – are a key suspect in the rapid decline of bee colonies worldwide.
Native trees such as Manuka, Pohutukawa, Rata and Cabbage tree are all popular with bees. Flowering shrubs and garden plants draw bees into our gardens as they search for nectar. Choosing heirloom varieties is preferable to modern crossed/hybridized varieties that can have low nectar and pollen levels. Plant or sow the following amongst your food plants and you should find bees visiting your garden on a regular basis through spring and summer.
Plant or sow the following amongst your food plants and you should find bees visiting your garden on a regular basis through spring and summer.
Alyssum, Basil, Bee balm, Borage, Cleome, Cornflower, Lupin, Marjoram, Mint, Poppy, Rosemary, Roses, Sage, Scabious, Sunflower, Thyme.
Be tolerant of dandelions and white clover in meadows and grassy areas as these are very popular with bees too.