Bees, butterflies, moths and hover flies all need sources of nectar and pollen to thrive. As they travel from flower to flower they also pollinate them, enabling them to set seed and bear fruit. By growing a good mix of flowering plants in your garden you can provide a wealth of food for these important insects.
Choose single open flowers to allow bees to access the nectar and pollen. Different bees are active at different times of the year, some emerging from hibernation in early February whilst others are still flying around in November. Plan your garden to be a source of food all the year round, not just in the summer months!
Bees can see the colour blue and purple more clearly than other colours. In summer try planting lavender, alliums, salvias, buddleias and scabious.