The bees knees
Invite the bees in your garden to check into one of these cleverly designed bee hotels (I've stayed in less stylish places)
These holey little hotels are designed to offer nesting sites to the declining solitary bee population. Without wanting to harp on about it – bees are super, super important to world food production (among other things) and many species are endangered, so creating a welcoming garden for them is a really good thing.
The bonus of solitary bees is that they are non-aggressive, as they don’t have a queen or hive to protect, so it’s safe to encourage them into the garden, even if you have a veritable menagerie of pets and kids. And if you want to be an especially good friend to the bees, plant some pollen-packed flowers in your Beepots, like sedum, lavender or verbena.
Green&Blue’s Bee Bricks look great placed among the plants, bringing a little industrial chic to your patch or they can be incorporated into walls — worth considering if you’re planning an extension or conservatory. They also make Bee posts, which look amazing in urban green spaces or incorporated into architectural landscaping.