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The Trees for Bees website(external link) has some great ideas for planting pollinator friendly gardens.
It's important to provide floral resources for pollinators all year round as they need the high energy nectar and protein rich pollen to survive. Although some of the most well known plants bloom in spring and summer, there are many beautiful flowers that come out over the cooler months when pollinators most desperately need them.
Take a look at our seasonal planting calendar [PDF, 276 KB] for year round ideas for your garden.
Avoid chemical use where possible and try out some natural pest control options, such as promoting insects like hoverflies that eat aphids and other pests.
If you do decide to use chemical pesticides, avoid spraying open blooms or budding flowers (apply spray to leaves, stems and roots). Of equal importance, always apply at night.
With very little extra effort, it's easy to keep pollinators and your garden thriving!
Check out the website For the Love of Bees(external link) for more pollinator sanctuary ideas.