Plenty of choice
The key is to go for single and open flowers, as these give easy access to lots of nectar. Double flowers and those with multiple petals have less nectar inside. Plants to consider are allium, bluebells, forget-me-not, marigolds, snap-dragons, geranium, buddleia, sedum, ivy and lavender. These are just a few of the many plants you could choose though, so it’s worth looking on the RHS website for a more extensive list.
Many garden centres also highlight which plants are best for pollinators
Don’t be too tidy
Leave grass to grow
Another win-win for those who prefer a laidback approach - break the habit of mowing the lawn every weekend. Cutting your grass less often, ideally every two to three weeks, will allow clover, buttercups and daisies to grow, all of which are a fantastic source of food for bumblebees.
You could even allow the whole lawn to grow into a wildflower meadow,or allocate a small area that you leave unmown. Another interesting idea is to mow a path through the long grass, which will give you the perfect mix of wild and tidy.
Pop in a bee and butterfly pitstop
Add a bug hotel or a bee brick
Wild bees like to nest in small enclosed spaces, and a bug hotel made of small bamboo canes is perfect. You can easily make an insect hotel yourself, or there are many available to buy - from the most basic models, to elaborate, multi-roomed versions.
Consider bee bricks too. These are construction bricks with nesting holes for solitary bees, which you can stand anywhere in the garden or use as part of a new building project.