Telephone 0161 440 8060
Wholesale plant nursery serving the industry for over 40 years

See our Latest Stock

Download our stock list for our comprehensive range

CLICK NOW >>

Find the
Perfect Plant

Browse our comprehensive plant library
for inspiration

CLICK NOW >>

Blog


Helping Bees in the Garden

Though there are many who have a fear of the adorable fuzzy bumblebee, as landscapers and gardeners, it is our duty to help these wonderful honey makers, especially now that they are officially endangered. Our gardens are vital fast-food takeaways for bees, and as well as serving up a varied menu of plants, they can provide the shelter and nesting places bees need.

It is sad that our gardens are proving to be a better habitat for bees than our countryside. It should be the other way around, but our British green pastures have lost much of its natural variety. Some parts appear to be more like industrial units, with huge fields of single crops replacing hedgerows and the wide range of plants which are needed by bees to thrive on. This is why we must do our bit to help the bees, now more than ever.

Around 13 species of bee are now extinct in the UK and 35 more are under threat of extinction. According to experts, there has been an overall decline in the diversity of wild bees in recent decades. With this in mind, our experts at Ladybrook have put together some simple tips that can help you, and your clients, create a bee paradise and help other wildlife survive in the garden.

Set up a Bee Garden

We’re not saying that you need a large space to be doing this. Small spaces can be great for setting up bee gardens. Though you don’t need to wait for the perfect sunny say, now is a good time of year to get started.

Choosing Bee-friendly PlantsIt’s always best to start with something simple to suit the space, time and interests of yourself or your client. Pots on a patio, herbs in a planter or even adding a hanging basket can help bees, if you choose the right plants of course. Plants such as Lavender, White Clover, Sage, and Thyme are just a few examples of plants that are ideal for bees, and they don’t take up much space at all!

Plant Through the Seasons to Help Bees in the Garden

Just like people, bees need food and shelter throughout the year, so it’s good to think about planting through the seasons. Which plants will grow to provide nectar and pollen that bees rely on for survival?

Sunflowers will rise from spring and are great for feeding both bees and birds. It’s also a good idea to leave sunflowers to turn to seeds in autumn and winter so that the birds can feast on them, as well as leaving the stump and roots in the ground to return nutrients to the soil.

Planting a Mix of Foods that are suitable for Bees in the Garden

When it comes to bees in the garden, they need a range of plants for food, from trees to herbs, throughout the year. Small trees such as holly or willow will help bees at different times of the year. Ivy is a top food in autumn, and it is best to not cut them back until after they have finished flowering.

Whether you prefer fruits or vegetables, bees love both. You can mix it up or opt for a theme if you would like a stylised kitchen garden. Not only will you be helping the bees, but the bees will help pollinate your veg.

Provide Bees in the Garden with Shelter by Letting Grass Grow

If you have a lawn, give your mowing a break by letting some areas of it grow longer. When you mow, cutting less often and less closely will help give your bees in the garden places to feed and shelter through the grass.

Help Bees in the Garden by Throwing out Pesticides

One thing to wave goodbye to, if you want to help bees in the garden, is the pesticides. These are part of the implications behind the decline of the bee population. Though it’s tempting to grab a can when shopping for plants, you can deal with real pests, such as aphides, by stripping them off with gloved hands.

Grow from Seed to Create Bee Habitats

Growing from the seed is an ever so popular especially when it comes to vegetables. It is a cheap way to get the full experience of tending through to maturity and is an ideal method for growing bee-friendly habitats.

Talk to Ladybrook Today

Helping bees in the garden is an important responsibility for landscapers and gardeners, and you can start by looking for bee-friendly plants. For more information, talk to Ladybrook today to see how we can help you find the best plants for your next bee-friendly landscaping project.

Choosing the Right Colour Scheme in the Garden

When it comes to thinking about implementing a colour scheme in the garden, even that which is informal, tends to involve a lot of planning. Sometimes, it is the difference in an average colour composition which can turn heads for an effective colour scheme in the garden.…
read more >>

Gardening Tasks This May

As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is safe to say that Summer is just around the corner. Your clients are going to need as much guidance as possible for keeping their garden in the best condition possible throughout the year, so it’s important that they are aware of general tasks that are needed to be followed. This week we have a selection of tips for May.…
read more >>

Walled Garden Series: Let’s talk Potager Gardens

Last week we spoke about Kitchen Gardens and what needs to be addressed with the client before agreeing to the final design. This week we are keeping with the food theme, only this time we will be looking at a different approach to the kitchen garden. …
read more >>

Walled Garden Series: The Kitchen Garden

In our second instalment of the Walled Garden Series, we will be discussing the idea of implementing kitchen gardens into your client’s home. Aside from keeping the food bills down, there’s nothing more satisfying and healthier than having fresh ingredients in the kitchen, especially when they’re from your own garden. Kitchen gardens are getting ever so popular, so if you’re client is looking to have one grown in their home, it’s important to make sure they can take on the maintenance after your work is done.


read more >>

Walled Garden Series: Places to take Inspiration from in the UK

Last month saw the release of Jules Hudson’s best seller, “Walled Gardens”, a wonderful book giving us insight into the world of walled gardens throughout England and Wales and explores their history, innovative design and cultural heritage.


read more >>

Why Professional Landscaping Services Are Often Cheaper

It’s natural to assume that the cheapest way to have your garden landscaped would be to tackle it yourself. Take a trip to a trade plant nursery, arm yourself with everything you need and get started on the project. In reality however, it often turns out to be quite the opposite. You can be as frugal as you like along the way, but you may still find that it would have been cheaper to go with the professional option from the start.


read more >>

The Best Vegetables for Smaller Gardens

Dealing with a smaller vegetable garden shares many similarities with living in a smaller house. It can work, but it’s not always as easy as you expect. Ask any expert garden designers and they’ll tell you that space need not stand in your way of growing your own. Then again, they’ll also tell you that you need to be mindful and savvy with your approach.…
read more >>

Ten Top Plants for Early Spring Colour

As the worst of the winter weather slowly begins to fade, the time once again comes to inject colour and life into your garden. …
read more >>

Points to Ponder Before Buying a Shed

One of the key questions most landscapers will have to consider along the way is if and when to buy and install a shed. From DIY landscapers trying their hand at garden design for the first time to the most experienced landscapers tackling challenging projects of all shapes and sizes, it is usually necessary for a shed of some kind to be brought into the mix.…
read more >>

Get inspired,
read our blog ...

Helping Bees in the Garden

Though there are many who have a fear of the adorable fuzzy bumblebee, as landscapers and gardeners, it is our duty to help these wonderful honey makers, especially now that they are officially endangered. Our gardens are vital fast-food takeaways for bees, and as well as serving up a varied menu of plants, they can…
read more >>

Choosing the Right Colour Scheme in the Garden

When it comes to thinking about implementing a colour scheme in the garden, even that which is informal, tends to involve a lot of planning. Sometimes, it is the difference in an average colour composition which can turn heads for an effective colour scheme in the garden.

Gardening Tasks This May

As bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow in leaps and bounds, it is safe to say that Summer is just around the corner. Your clients are going to need as much guidance as possible for keeping their garden in the best condition possible throughout the year, so it’s important that they are aware of general…
read more >>

Walled Garden Series: Let’s talk Potager Gardens

Last week we spoke about Kitchen Gardens and what needs to be addressed with the client before agreeing to the final design. This week we are keeping with the food theme, only this time we will be looking at a different approach to the kitchen garden.