Spring is the perfect time to sow a patch of flowering annuals - wild style. Go for those easy flowers that thrive when sown directly into warm spring soil.
Select your own mix or buy a prepacked packet of 'wildflowers'.
Wildflowers to grow from seed
Honey bees are the unsung heroes of the garden, pollinating our fruit trees, beans and tomatoes. But worryingly, bees are dying out all over the world and no one really knows why. Encourage bees to visit your garden and neighbourhood by planting plenty of nectar-rich plants.
Unable to see red, bees are attracted to white, yellow and blue flowers (including ultra violet, which humans cannot see). They also have an excellent sense of smell and are attracted to flowers that produce ample pollen and nectar. Simple old-fashioned 'single' flowers are best.
Bee favourites include; alyssum, salvia (sage), lavender, rosemary, catmint, cosmos, aster, borage, thyme, monarda (bee balm), and fruit trees.