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As their source of food Honeybees collect pollen and nectar from flowers and blossoms. 

Not all plants are equally liked by bees - bees prefer blue, purple and yellow blossoms.

You can attract bees to your backyard and improve their quality of life by planting a variety of plants bees just love to visit.
 
Honeybees usually forage within a radius of three kilometres, so if you don't have any bees yourself, 
someone within a radius of 3 km might have a hive or two, and then there are the feral bee colonies - all searching for flowers.

Perhaps not so well known is the fact that bees (as well as other insects) require a source of fresh water, especially on warm days! 

Providing a constant water supply will make your backyard more attractive to bees as well. 

Please take measures to stop the bees from drowning by adding some floating material or some pebbles reaching above the surface.

If you already have some bee-attracting plants and they are not visited by bees whilst flowering, then this should be of concern. 

In a healthy and intact environment there are always bees.

Bee-attracting plants that do not require much space
To help you establish a backyard with bee-attracting plants we have listed a few below; planting a variety of bee-attracting plants will draw the largest crowd. We are aware that in most cases space is limited and we cannot plant dozens of tall trees and bushes - that's why we have listed the small plants first.

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