Tips on how to "bee" friendly

Being friendly to bees is as simple as choosing the right plants to grow in your garden, and there are plenty of edible and ornamental options to choose from.

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Bee-ing friendly - it’s the Wellington Way

The "bee friendly" message is all about caring for our fuzzy flying friends – bees! By planting the right varieties, you’re playing a part in supporting the delicate ecosystems that bees are a part of. It’s also a great way to brighten up your garden and neighbourhood.

Tips and tricks

It’s easy to support bees in your everyday life - here are a few tips that’ll make a big difference.

  • Plant large clusters of bee-friendly plants to attract bees and provide nectar.
  • Plant flowers for each season to give bees a year-round supply of nectar and pollen.
  • Provide pesticide-free water for bees.
  • If you spray your garden, make sure you're using a non-toxic product at sunset when bees aren't present. Your local garden centre will be able to help you find a bee friendly option.

Bees love these

Here are some suggestions for bee-friendly plants that you can use in your garden.

Edible plants

  • Trees, shrubs and climbers

    Including apples, kiwifruit, bay laurel, lavender, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pear, blackberry, rosemary and all stone and pip fruits like peach and plum.
  • Herbaceous

    Including rosemary, lavender, sage and other salvias, thyme, mint, bee balm, basil, catmint, chives, cucumber, melon, brassicas, pot marigold, sage, squash, pumpkin, sunflower and sweet corn.

Ornamental plants

  • Trees, shrubs and climbers

    Including Australian gum, bottlebrush, cabbage tree, harakeke and NZ flax, hebe, macrocarpa, lemonwood, NZ jasmine, lacebark, pohutukawa, rata, rewarewa, koromiko, penstemons, veronicas, tulip tree and wisteria.
  • Herbaceous

    Including balsam, clovers, gorse, false acacia, mimosa, cornflower, hollyhock, michaelmas daisy, phacelia, penstemon, salvia, sweet alyssum, dandelion, dahlias, heleniums, cosmos, echinacea, and zinnia.