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26/04/2014 at 17:03
We'd like to attract bees (or other pollinators) into our polytunnel, which is opened at both ends on warm days. Any suggestions as to what we might plant in there?
26/04/2014 at 17:20

Somthing small that won't get in the way of other plants is thyme. Bees just love the flowers.

26/04/2014 at 18:40

Get a hive.  Well I would say that, wouldn't I...!

26/04/2014 at 19:16

calendula is easy from seed and the bees love it

26/04/2014 at 20:49

Allium sphaerocephalon. The bees adore them! I tend to plant to attract bees but these are the bees knees! 

27/04/2014 at 14:19

Wow, quercus rubur! They look dramatic! Never heard of them. RHS site says plant in full sun. Do you think they'd be OK in the tunnel? Also they grow quite tall - how much space would they need? Might grow them outside anyway - our bees obviously need all the help they can get!

27/04/2014 at 14:58

How's about a lavender plant in a pot?  Also echinops - which the bees adore!  I have some in my garden & the echinops flowers are constantly covered in bees.  Either plants could be grown in pots & put in the tunnel to attract bees during the summer season

27/04/2014 at 21:15

Hmm Chris hadn't thought about the full sun aspect. As they're quite cheap it'd be worth trying a few. How about planting some just outside the tunnel?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43893.jpg?width=518&height=350&mode=max

 

They grow about 2 ft tall. Here's a photo I took last year

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