Creating a pollinator paradise

Bee Worldwide is passionate about looking after our pollinators, we’ve provided a few tips on how to create a pollinator paradise. We have compiled a list of bee and pollinator friendly plants for each season.

Haven’t got a garden or patio? Try guerrilla gardening with seed bombs or one or two small pots on your windowsill.

Bee food – peak seasons

Our pollinator friends main food source is nectar and there are key times bees, especially bumblebees, need this food source:

Autumn & winter

  • Honeybees foraging to build up the hive reserves for the winter
  • Bumblebee queens fattening up for hibernation

Late winter & early spring

  • The bumblebee queen emerges from her hibernation late winter / early spring looking for food
  • By early spring the honeybees would have used up the reserves in their hive, so they’ll be out foraging to re-build supplies
  • The bumblebees will be establishing nests early spring
  • Honeybees and bumblebees producing new bees

Things to consider

Before revamping your garden consider these items:

  1. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides and consider the impact they have – pesticides can remain in the soil once a plant has died
  2. Mow the lawn less frequently and remove the clippings to allow the natural plants to grow, it’s free and the bees love clover!
  3. Be careful when purchasing bee friendly plants, some nurseries and garden centres use pesticides during production of the plants. Although attracting pollinators it can still have a negative impact on pollinators

Plants to avoid

Not all plants are bee or pollinator friendly, some are even toxic and can either be harmful to the pollinators or have an impact on a hive. Here’s a few plants that should be avoided:

  • Rhododendron
  • Azalea
  • Oleander
  • Stargazer lily
  • Trumpet flower