UK bumblebee populations have crashed in the last 80 years, with two species becoming extinct. If populations continue to decline, we could see our five-a-day costs rising – or even lose many fresh, healthy foods altogether.
So bumblebee-friendly gardens, parks and green spaces are more important than ever.
Bumblebee-friendly flowers for autumn
Bumblebees need late-blooming flowers on hand so that the insects can prepare for hibernation through the winter months – and there are plenty of plants to choose from that will provide an autumn feast.
Some bumblebee species have short tongues, while others have long tongues – and the different species will need different types of flowers. So it's best to grow a range of different plants in your garden, that flower throughout the seasons.
Sedum is a drought-tolerant, succulent plant, with umbrella-shaped clusters of nectar-rich flowers. Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' is a good choice, as it has attractive foliage as well as large, dark pink flowerheads that are popular with honey bees as well as short-tongued bumblebees.