|Chocolate / vanilla lilies
|Callistemon species such as C. sieberi
|Melaleuca species such as M. decussata
|Pultenaea species, Daviesia species, Gompholobium species, Indigofera australis, Platylobium obtusangulum and Eutaxia microphylla
|Native lilac (climber)
|Olearia species, Helichrysum species and Vittadinia species
|Goodenia species such as G. ovata, G albiflora and G. blackiana
* These can attract native pea bees, which rely completely on bush peas.
Blue-banded bees. Photos: Jeremy Gramp and Martin Stokes.
Native bees generally like white, yellow, blue and purple flowers the best. However, some flowers provide nectar only, others pollen only, so it’s important to have a range of plants.
Different bee species are active at different times of the year, so it’s also important to offer flowers from late winter until autumn. Plant smaller plants in large clumps. It is visually more attractive, and it allows bees to easily find what they need.
Main image courtesy of Jeremy Gramp.