Bee-friendly Plants

By   April 28, 2014

Compiled by Norma Stevenson…

  • Achillea (hardy perennial)
  • Angelica ‘guigas’ (remove flower spike immediately after flowering)
  • Calendula (Pot Marigold)
  • Cardoon
  • Ceonothus (get tree-sized one) scented
  • Coca-vita fisifolia (cool-tolerant gourd, instead of butternut squash, can eat stem tips) / known as ‘Sharks Fin Melon’ in south Asia
  • Coriander
  • Crocus
  • Delphinium
  • Euphorbia ‘manifura’ (statuesque)
  • Gaillardia (dwarf, daisy-like, excellent in bedding and containers)
  • Hellebores
  • Hollyhock (hardy perennial)
  • Lavender (stoicas – French looking lavender)
  • Mahonia x Media ‘Buckland’ (e/green shrub, 1-3m tall. Yellow flowers in winter. Hardy. Prefers moist, well drained, fertile soil. Ideal vandal-proof screen.
  • Myrtle (makes excellent hedging and is scented)
  • Nemesia (small, in a window box)
  • Oregano
  • Pansies
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Photina (unclipped until after flowering)
  • Poached egg plant; limnanthes douglasii
  • Rudbeckia
  • Salvia
  • Sarcococca hookeriana var. Digyna ‘Christmas box’ (shrub, ground cover, e/green, 50-100cm high. Dark green foliage, white flowers in winter, frost hardy. Moist, shady spot. Heady winter fragrance)
  • Scabious
  • Sea holly
  • Skimmia japonica (male; scented)