“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 https://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org/home

Tulips in the Bee Beds April 2019

The Bee Beds are in the children’s playground enclosure in Abingdon’s Abbey Meadows and contain the perennials listed below

  • 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)