A picture of a bumble bee

Celebrate World Bee Day

It's 20 May and that can only mean one thing… It's world bee day! Here's our pick of great bee-themed content designed to delight this important garden visitor.

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Encourage more wildlife into your garden

Wildlife-friendly sustainable plants such as salvias and knautias are increasingly popular.

Get started on creating a real ‘wildlife garden’. Improve habitats for pollinating insects like bees and butterflies and use the best plants and flowers to help attract insects into the garden. We show you how and answer common questions like what does pollinator-friendly mean?

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Plant the right plants

Salvia 'Amistead'

Of course, you’re going to need to grow some bee-friendly plants. Bees and pollinators are vital for our environment and eco system so encourage them in your garden by picking the plants that pollinators love best such as salvia, meadowsweet and clematis.

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Grow container displays

Container with Nemesia Framboise = 'Fleurfram', Nemesia Sunsatia Plus Papaya = 'Innemnewpa' (Sunsatia Plus Series) and Calibrachoa Million Bells 'Terracotta'

If you want your garden to benefit pollinating insects like bees and butterflies this container display has been planted with plants that attract wildlife and suit a garden of any size. The designs are by gardener Julia Wylie, who specialises in naturalistic planting schemes.

Find out more here.

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Splash out on the perfect home

Bee hive from National Bee Supplies

Encourage the bees in your garden by investing in one of these brilliant bee hives. Not only do they look the part but they’re tailor made to encourage everything from solitary bees to honey bees into making your garden a go-to location. A quality bee hive will provide a lasting useful home for your garden guests year in year out.

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Read up and get environmentally savvy

Do Bees Need Weeds?

Do Bees Need Weeds is a great book from the RHS is a great place to start. It’s a compendium of practical and easy-to-understand advice from the RHS that will help you to garden in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways. Reviewed here by plantman John Hoyland.

Find out more here.

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Turn your garden into a wildlife haven

Hare in wildflower margin by Adam Huttly - wildlife WINNER

It’s not just bees you need to be looking after too y’know. Why not give your birds, hedgehogs and more a step up? Right now is such a crucial time for garden wildlife creatures and – with the changes to routines through lockdown – this year more than ever, they may have become particularly dependent on receiving a little extra care.

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