You can make your garden more bee-friendly by providing suitable food and shelter at the right times for many different native bee species. Find out how you can start getting your garden buzzing, in Kate Bradbury's guide.
Leave some areas uncultivated
Leave areas of uncultivated soil and small piles of woody prunings in borders and at hedge bases, where solitary bees and bumblebees can make colonies.
Grow native dog roses
Grow dog rose (Rosa canina) in wildlife hedges and at the back of borders to provide nectar and pollen, as well as rose foliage for leafcutter bees to use for nesting.
Allow weeds in grass
Allow areas of grass to grow wildflowers, such as daisies and dandelions, as an easy source of nectar throughout the summer.
Think about water
Place a few stones at the edge of ponds or in bird baths. Bees that are foraging for water to cool their nests will be able to enter and exit safely.
Plant nectar-rich plants
Grow the following: allium, Aquilegia vulgaris, bergamot (Monarda didyma), buddleja, comfrey, coneflower (echinacea), dahlia, evening primrose, foxglove, Gaura lindheimeri, lavender, poppy (annual and oriental), sunflowers, thyme, verbena.
Find out more about plants for bees.