A bee-friendly garden provides sufficient food for the endangered insects. Which flowers and trees you should definitely plant for this.
Many modern gardens and green spaces look beautiful, but they do not provide enough food for bees and other insects. Hobby gardeners can change this with a few simple measures. Thus, certain flowers, shrubs and trees are not only pleasing to the eye. They also provide honey bees and wild bees with a suitable habitat with sufficient food. Here you can find out which ten plants every hobby gardener should have in the garden for the sake of the beneficial insects.
Planting the garden for the bees all year round, not just spring bloomers
If you want to make your garden bee-friendly, you should use suitable plants. © murxxx/Imago
Without bees, there would be no flowers, fruits and vegetables. Bee-friendly habitats that provide year-round food for beneficial insects are therefore becoming increasingly important. "If you already have a garden or are taking over a garden, the first thing you should do is do an inventory analysis to see which bee-friendly perennials and woody plants may already exist that are useful for nature," explains bee expert Melanie von Orlow from the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany (NABU).
While honey bees love almost all flowering plant species, wild bees depend on certain shrubs and flowers. As a general rule, double flowers and varieties that have been modified by breeding are useless for bees. These usually shine in magnificent colors and look beautiful, but the bees no longer find pollen and nectar in them. When planning the garden, gardening enthusiasts should also make sure that they do not only plant spring bloomers. If you only buy spring bloomers, you won't have anything blooming for the bees in summer.
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Bee-friendly garden: Ten plants provide enough food
Already in spring, amateur gardeners can prefer bee favorites such as sunflowers, nasturtiums and snapdragons in the house or greenhouse. The following flowers and shrubs should also be found in the bee-friendly garden:
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Trees are also ideal. Due to their size alone, they offer the highest food supply for bees. As a source of shade, privacy and fruit, other garden dwellers also benefit from them. Thanks to their flowers, the following species are among the trees that are particularly bee-friendly:
- Cherry tree
- Apple tree
- Chestnuts and horse chestnuts