Bumblebees need lots of flowers to feed on. Give them a helping hand by adding just one of these bumblebee favourites to your outdoor space in July.
Oregano / Wild marjoram – as a bonus you can sprinkle leaves of this plant over your pizza or into tomato sauces for a flavour sensation.
Wallflower ‘Bowles Mauve’ – these flowers have earned their place in even the smallest gardens by producing pretty flowers for months on end.
Sea holly – the thistle shaped flowers may be unusual – but they definitely have a ‘wow factor’.
Columbine / Grannys bonnet – these plants drop seeds so you will get more plants without any effort – or you can collect them from the seed pods for yourself.
These plants are all easy to look after, and great for beginner gardeners. Simple wait for them to flower, then enjoy watching your local bumblebees feeding.
July is also the month to make the most of what you already have. Remove dead flower heads from your existing plants so they can keep blooming, and collect seeds so you can grow more next year for free!
This advice from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust – for more planting ideas, try the interactive Bee kind tool at: https://beekind.bumblebeeconservation.org