As summer is kicking off and temperatures are rising, we have to start thinking about our little pollinator friends. Why? Because during summer, bees and other pollinators have to deal with summer pollen dearth, which means a decrease in supplies. As over 75% of our food crops depend on insect pollination, we owe them a bit of help by planting bee-friendly flowers, don’t we?
To help pollinators survive, we have to supply them with enough nectar and pollen-rich flowers. Below we highlighted a few bee-friendly flowers. We also stated the level of nectar and pollen each flower produces. N1 stands for a low supply in nectar, while P5 stands for a high amount of pollen.
This bold flower is part of the onion family. That’s right, the ones you’d have in your dinner. Nonetheless, the flowers look way more attractive to both humans ánd pollinators. A few of the best varieties to attract bees are the Allium Senescens (N5/P5) and Allium Cepa (N5/P5). The latter is actually a real summer flower.
Overall, the Aster is nectar and pollen-rich (ranging from N2/P2 until N5/P5). The exact amount of nectar and pollen depends on the variety, whereas the Aster Ageratoides is one of the most bee-friendly varieties (N5/P5). This variety has light blue or light violet petals and blooms in autumn.
Of course, the Sunflower couldn’t be missed in this list of bee-friendly flowers. Sunflowers score high on both the level of nectar and pollen; perfect for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Besides, which flower better represents summer than the Sunflower? Helianthus bloom from June – October.
This summer flower is especially good for bees (N5/P5) and blooms from July until October. Did you know that the Dahlia is named after a famous 18th-century botanist called Anders Dahl? In today’s symbolism, Dahlias symbolise creativity, change and inner strength. Opt for this colourful beauty to help the bees find their own inner strength!
Limonium – also known as Sea-Lavender, Statice, Caspia or Marsh-Rosemary – has more different bee-friendly varieties than it has nicknames. One variety is even better than the other. For example, Limonium Latifolium (N3/P3) and Limonium Vulgare (N5/P5) are great in offering pollinators exactly what they need. The latter blooms from July until October.
Once you’ve found the right bee-friendly flowers, there are a few things to take into account before you start planting them. Firstly, bees prefer flowers in sunny but sheltered places. Besides, they like whole bunches of flowers together, instead of just a few here and there.
Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and give those pollinators a warm welcome!