“Bee populations are declining drastically around the world, threatening food production and wildlife. One in every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest. We are working to increase awareness, and provide bee-friendly native plants, to address this threat.”

 Declining Bee Populations Pose a Threat to Global Agriculture 
Indigenous native plants – Leucopogon parviflorus – Coast Beard-heath

Including indigenous species in new build home gardens such as the one shown in the image above, helps to create foraging options for bees and other pollinators.

It is important to think about the flowering cycles of plant species. A continual floral sequence can be achieved by mixing the indigenous plant species throughout your spaces and places.

For those of us with larger plots, think about your revegetation zones to include foodbase flora for pollinators (bees, insects, butterflies, birds etc) that may be able to support an apiary site.

Bee food suited as garden species

NOTE: You may see the indigenous species Leptospermum laevigatum (Coast Teatree) around our coast as this is often the species used in revegetation projects. With the significant erosion that is occurring along our coast, replenishing indigenous vegetation is critical to maintaining the biodiversity in the region and for sustaining wildlife, insects, birds etc as well as being a significant contributor to dune stabilization.

Plants growing in native bush, and those that can be seen at revegetation sites, such as Banksia integrifolia (Coast Banksia), Leocopogon parviflorus (Coast Beard-heath), Leptospermum laevigatum (Coast Teatree) and Bursaria spinosa (Sweet Bursaria), have dense flower heads. and are suitable for local gardens. These plants will attract and support a wide range of native pollinators that will be ‘buzzing’ with activity when the flowers bloom. The whole tree or shrub will seem ‘alive’. Other species plants have flowers that ‘stand alone’ more and if you look carefully at the bees in action you can enjoy their antics and flight paths as they go from one flower to another flower.

Visit http://wsbn.org.au/orders/ if you have a special spot for these beautiful shrubs/small trees in your garden. They are hardy, will tolerate sandy soil and will reward you with visitors that don’t need a cuppa!

Some resources about Bees: