To plant to help improve bees' foraging possibiulities people often consider planting bee-friendly flowers so that there is something for bees in each of the main foraging months: April - September
Flowers for Bees
Bees need to find pollen and nectar whenever they fly. This is generally when the temperature is more than 13oC. So it is a good idea to have bee-friendly flowers flowering throughout the year.
The information below is general, but if you notice plants covered in bees then please let us know - use the contact form available via the menu saying what plant, what month and approximate location in UK. Thank you.
February – Hazel, Snowdrop
March – Hazel, Snowdrop, Crocus, Sallix (willow), Pears, Plums
April – Oil seed rape, Cherry, Ribes, Hawthorn,
Apples, Dandelion, Mahonia
May - Oil seed rape, Cherry, Ribes, Horse chestnut, Holly, Dead nettle, Apples, Dandelion, Mahonia, Sycamore, Field bean, Raspberry
June – White clover, Lime, Borage, Dead nettle, Ragwort, Sunflower, Blackberry, Holly, Dandelion, Privet, Oil seed rape
July – Borage, Hebe, Blackberry, Dandelion, Heathers, Cotoneaster, Michaelmas daisies, Rosebay willow herb, White clover, Sunflower, Old mans beard, dead nettle, lavender, Privet, Ragwort
August – Red clover, Heather, Michaelmas daisies, Dead nettle, Privet, Rosebay willow herb, Blackberry, Borage, Dandelion, Lavender, Ragwort, Sunflower
September – Michaelmas daisies, Ivy
October & November – Ivy
RHS tip: if space is tight - catmint, lavender or phacelia tanacetifolia