Shopping Cart
← Back to Blog

Pollinate your garden | Bee Friendly plants

Pollinate your garden | Bee Friendly plants

No need to search around for the best plants for attracting our winged friends, we've assembled them all here. Here are our top plants for attracting bee's to your garden. 

Attracting bees (honey and native), as well as other pollinators into your garden is important for our biodiversity and pollinating our native and agricultural plant species (that's the food we eat!). Not only will you be helping the bees by planting bee-friendly plant species, but you’ll be helping your garden as well. 

    Westringia

    Westringia is a hardy, compact, native shrub and is among the ten best plants for attracting native bees. It's great as a low growing hedge or in pots on the balcony.  The bees love it’s almost constant flowers and because it’s so tough it’ll withstand coastal sprays and exposed sites too. 

    Callistemon

    Also known as Bottlebrush, a classic Australian shrub with red bottlebrush-like flowers which contrast nicely with the dense foliage of narrow green leaves.  Captain Cook is a long-flowering variety of Bottlebrush and also a  favourite of birds particularly large nectar-feeders. Perfect for a low maintenance, native garden. 

    Lavender 

    Lavender attracts pollinating insects to your garden and when you plant them near a seating area the scent aids relaxation, de-stressing the busiest of folk. A particular favourite of the Blue Banded Bee, lavender is high in nectar and flowers all year round

    Avonview lavender has grey-green narrow leaves with toothed edging and a woolly texture that are highly aromatic. Just brush past and your ankles release that heavenly scent. 

    Grevillea

    Grevilleas come in a range of colours and sizes to suit whatever garden look you're going for, from tall trees to shrubs and ground covers. The flowers remain for the best part of the year providing a high amount of nectar for bees and other pollinators. 

    It has intricate fern-like and deeply toothed leaves that are glossy on top but have silvery hairs beneath. This species will cope with most situations, including coastal sites, and encourages a range of wildlife into your garden.

    Image via: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grevillea_olivacea.jpg

    Leptospermum

    A small tree or shrub with white, pink and red flowering forms blooming in early summer. It can also be used as a screening plant and the essential oils can be used to make candles, soaps and other items. 

    Great in a wildlife garden as those flowers attract masses of pollinators and perfect for those who like low maintenance shrubs.

    This is a spreading shrub with upright branches that arch up and weep downwards to cover lots of ground. It does best in full sun and will handle a range of soil types despite its delicate appearance.

    If you're unsure where to start, try our Birds and Bees Mixed Native Pack - you'll have the neighbourhood fauna at your doorstep in no time!