For the beginner or the adept this book has something to offer. Geared towards those in the United States of America you can find just about any type of information you are looking for. Want to know what types of flowers it takes to attract a certain bee – okay. Want to know which plants will grow best in your area, from ground-cover to herb to shrub or tree, that also support bees – done. Need to know how these bees nest so you can make sure you have the habitat – easy.
Another great feature of this book is that there are sections for what type of garden you might provide. For example, if you are looking to liven up your front yard but have to keep it within the requirements of your homeowners association there are excellent recommendations for plants that stay neat and tidy yet bloom for the bees.
Perhaps you want a sprawling display throughout your backyard, just a small island of color, or a more functional boarder. The Bee-Friendly Garden addresses these and other needs with specific plant examples.
Throughout the book you will find copious pictures which help you imagine what type of display you might best enjoy as well as understand what the recommended flowers actually look like! Speaking of flowers The Bee-Friendly Garden does a great job in using both common and botanical names – so not only can you recognize a specific name but you can take the botanical name to the nursery and be sure you are buying the correct cultivar.
I was very pleased with the holistic approach of The Bee-Friendly Garden. It includes information from soil health, using native plants, avoiding chemicals, providing habitat and nesting for bees and even information about organizations you can become involved with to help support bees.
Suffice to say I highly recommend this book. If you would like to buy The Bee-Friendly Garden, please click the link!
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.