When choosing plants to attract bees remember bees can’t see red. But their vision extends into the ultra violet. Many bee-friendly plants have blue or purple flowers, such as Lavender.
In fact, red or orange flowers are generally outside the vision of most insects, some bumblebees will have a go at some of these, but on the whole they are not suited for the majority of British insects, these brighter flowers often evolved to be pollinated by birds and were so coloured to attract them down from a long way up. Red flowers for example are visited by birds such as hummingbirds. Such plants include Kniphophia, Fuchsia, Callistemon, Fritillaries imperialis, and the lantern-flower, Crinodendron.
No matter what space you have available we can all do our bit to make our gardens more welcoming to insects.
Below are a few ideas.