Have a look at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website, if you haven't already
I am a member of the BBCT - the newsletter that they produce has many interesting facts about the plight of bumblebees and other pollinators, including the impact of agrochemicals and also lots of advice about planting for bees.
Locally, we are fortunate to have a good bee population, probably due in part to the surrounding farmland all being grazing and not arable.
Our garden is planted with a diverse range of native and non-native plants to attract pollinators, starting with crocuses early in the spring and going right through to autumn with late-flowering single-flowered roses, dahlias and sedum.
Species that we see regularly include: White-Tailed Bumblebee, Buff-Tailed Bumblebee, Garden Bumblebee, Early Bumblebee, Red-Tailed Bumblebee, Common Carder Bee and Tree Bumblebee, honeybees and solitary bees. We sometimes see cuckoo bumblebees as well.
Top favourite plants in our garden throughout the year are: comfrey, hellebores, daffodils, crocuses, Anemone blanda, bluebells, Aubrieta, Primula species (including cowslip), foxgloves, apple blossom, Pieris, Aquilegia, Centaurea montana, Lamium, herbaceous geraniums (especially Geranium phaeum 'Samobor' which all the bees adore, G. x magnificum which the honeybees favour and G. pratense 'Splish Splash' which the Tree Bumblebees love), Geum, Heucheras (especially 'Marmalade'), single and semi-double roses, single and semi-double Dahlias, Delphinium, Lupins, Sweet Peas, Echinops, Linaria, Cerinthe major, thyme, mint and lemon balm, amongst many others.
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