There are many things you can do in addition to planting flowers in your garden to attract bees. Try some of these things out to truly turn your garden into a place of refuge for them.
One of the things you can do is create a patch of land dedicated to wildflowers. They will provide bees a place to forage. In addition, wildflowers are often extremely easy to grow and are very pest resistant.
If you mow your lawn often, then stop. Let your grass grow a bit taller so that wildflowers such as daisies and dandelions can grow. These flowers are a major source of nectar for the bees.
When you use pesticides in your garden you are killing off beneficial insects such as bees that pollinate trees and plants. One alternative to pesticides is growing companion plants such parsley, garlic and basil. These herbs will not only repel pests, but they are edible and can be used in cooking.
Put some trees in your garden. Bees love to collect nectar and pollen from fruit trees. Other trees such as alder, hawthorn and rowan are also great at bringing bees into your garden.
Bees need water just like us. During the warm months, place a bowl of water outside for them. To keep bees from drowning in the bowl, place stones at the bottom.
Try planting some single flower top flowers in your garden in addition to double top flowers. Single top flowers typically contain more nectar and are more attractive to bees. Daisies, crocus and calendula are single top flowers that have lots of nectar and that bees are attracted to.
If you incorporate all of these tips into your garden, you should have no problems attracting bees. Give them a source of nectar, plant a tree or two, add some wildflowers and you should have plenty of bees in your garden.
Infographic Source: Budget Direct, https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/blog/18-plants-grow-bee-friendly-garden.html