I love gardening with wildflowers. They have been growing here for thousands of years and insects have developed with them, they are interconnected. Here some examples of wildflowers I grow in the pollinator garden
Meadow cranesbill – Geranium pratense – provides nectar and some pollen
Rampion bell-flower, a rare plant in the Netherlands and declining. Small solitary bees in the Chelostoma family need Campanula pollen to feed their young. I love this elegant plant.
Wild mignonette, Reseda lutea, one of the best plants for bees in my garden. A good source of pollen for many species such as Bombus lapidarius. It flowers for a long time. Some stem nesting bees (Hylaeus) love this plant too.
Geranium pyrenaicum has very small flowers but it flowers for a long time and you will always see bees gathering nectar. A lovely garden plant.
Greater knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa, a very ornamental and beautiful wildflower. Offers both pollen and nectar, a true magnet for bumblebees.
Often Ox-eye daisies are not considered good plants for bees but this is not true; as the small amount of nectar is easily accessible, it will attract smaller solitary bees, hoverflies. Honeybees and bumblebees do not often visit this plant in my garden. Here you see a digger wasp on the flower.
Viper’s bugloss – one of the best plants for the bee garden and a beautiful plant. Offers lots of pollen and nectar.
White bryony flowers for a long time and offers both nectar and pollen. In my garden it was very popular with honeybees last year and many solitary bees and bumblebees. These are the male flowers which are larger than the female flowers, which grow on different plants.
Pollen is needed to raise young bees. Pollen contains certain amino acids but only some of them. There is no single plant that provides pollen that contains all necessary amino acids. By providing a variety of flowers, you offer bees a variety of food and you will provide them with all amino acids to raise healthy young bees.