“Bee-beds” – pollinator-friendly flowers

Bees and other pollinating insects are in trouble.  Disease, chemicals and disappearing green spaces have all contributed to their dramatic decline.

Pollination by insects is crucial to our continued food supplies, so growing the right types of trees, shrubs and plants makes all the difference..

One of the easiest ways to help the various types of bees is to choose to grow flowers in your garden that the bees love. Tips are to:

• Choose “single flowers”
• Choose a variety of flower shapes and heights
• Grow a succession of flowers through the season, from early Spring to Autumn

There is a huge variety to choose from. For plant names, look at the RHS website  or for a fun app which tells you whether the flowers in your garden are bee­‐friendly, go to http://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/finder 

The beds by the public loos in 2014

You can see examples of annuals in the “bee-beds” outside the loos in the Abbey Meadow: the list below is what has been planted in 2016. Perennials are in the children’s playground enclosure – see below.

Most of the plants in these beds are annuals and have been grown from seed by members of Abingdon Horticultural Society or Abingdon Carbon Cutters. Click on the name to see a picture.

The perennials were moved from the kiosk beds to the bed by the children’s swings in January 2015:

  • Geranium “Rozanne”Perennial beds by the children's playground
  • Aster frikartii “Monch”
  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Lavandula x intermedia “Grosso”
  • Lychnis coronaria “Atrosanguinea”
  • Penstemon “Garnet’
  • Perovskia “Blue Spire”
  • Salvia nemorosa “Amethyst”
  • Stachys byzantina
  • Phlox paniculata “Blue Paradise” and “Blue Evening”
  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Jasminum officinale “Clotted Cream”
  • Lonicera “Heaven Scent”
  • Clematis  flammula 
  • Origanum laevigatum “Herrenhausen”
  • Tanacetum parthenium
  • Bergenia cordifolia
  • Echinops ritro
  • Brunnera cordifolia
  • Onopordum acanthium
  • Angelica archangelica
  • Sedum spectabile
  • Anemone japonica
  • Aster divaricatus
  • Echium pininana
  • Myosotis sylvatica
  • Cosmos “Purity”
  • Nigella “Oxford Blue”
  • Nicotiana (lime and white)