Flowers that the bees visit most often

Flowers in the Memorial Gardens and in gardens very close by

January – early February
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Hellebores
Red deadnettle
Snowdrops

Mid-February – April
Cerinthe
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Germander speedwell
Forget-me-not (mainly honey bees rather than bumble bees)
Grape hyacinths
Hellebores
Pulmonaria
Red deadnettle
Viburnum bodnantese (Flowering currant)
Rosemary
Snowdrops
Sarcoccca confusa (Sweet box)
Thalia daffodils (bees don’t visit other daffodils much)
Wild cowslips
White deadnettle

April – early May
Ajuga reptans (bugle)
Apple blossom
Bergenia (elephant’s ears)
Cerinthe
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Geum rivale (water avens)
Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppies)
Red campion
Viburnum bodnantese (Flowering currant)
Rosemary
White deadnettle
Mid-May
Ajuga reptans (Bugle)
Aquilegia (columbine)
Borage
Centaurea montana (perennial cornflower)
Cerinthe
Comfrey
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Forget me not
Geraniums (hardy geraniums not pelargoniums!)
Geum rivale (water avens)
Green alkanet
Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppies)
Red campion
Viburnum bodnantese (flowering currant)
Rosemary
White deadnettle
 
Late May / early June
Aquilegia
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Chives
Comfrey
Cornflowers
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Forget me nots
Geranium ‘Kashmir White’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Geum rivale (water avens)
Iris pallida
Peas
Phacelia
Poppies

Mid June
Cranesbills (geranium)
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Centaurea montana (perennial cornflower)
Chives
Comfrey
Cornflowers
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Foxgloves
Geranium macrorrhizum
Geranium sanguineum
Germander speedwell
Jacob’s ladder (polemomium)
Peas
Phacelia
Poppies
Water avens (Geum rivale)
Welsh poppies (Meconopsis cambrica)

Late June
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Chives
Comfrey
Coreopsis
Cornflowers
Crimson clover
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Foxgloves
Geraniums Rozanne, Kashmir White
Germander speedwell
Hedge Woundwort
Jacob’s ladders
Kidney vetch
Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)
Lavender
Peas
Phacelia
Poppies
Runner beans
Verbena bonariensis
Water avens (Geum rivale)
Welsh poppies (Meconopsis cambrica)

Early July

Bee balm (Monarda)
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Comfrey
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Cornflowers
Crimson clover (Trifolium incarnatum)
Echiums (variety ‘Blue bedder’)
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Foxgloves
Geraniums: Rozanne, Kashmir White
Germander speedwell
Hedge Woundwort
Helenium
Hyssop
Jacob’s ladder (polemomium)
Kidney vetch
Knapweed
Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)
Lavender
Linaria
Penstemons
Phacelia
Roses (not all; mainly single flowers)
Runner beans
Verbena bonariensis
Veronica (Speedwell)
Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Water avens (Geum rivale)
Welsh poppies (Meconopsis cambrica)

 

Late July – early August
Antirrhinums
Bee balm (monarda)
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Comfrey
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Cornflowers
Crimson clover
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Geraniums: Rozanne, Kashmir White
Germander Speedwell
Hedge Woundwort
Hyssop
Kidney vetch
Knapweed
Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)
Lavender
Linaria
Marjoram
Oregano
Phacelia
Roses
Runner beans
Thyme
Verbena bonariensis
Verbonica
Water avens (Geum rivale)
Welsh poppies

Mid-August

Antirrhinums
Bee balm (Monarda)
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Cornflowers
Cosmos
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Hedge Woundwort
Heleniums
Hyssop
Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)
Lavender
Linaria
Marjoram

Michaelmas daisies
Oregano
Roses (not all; mainly single flowers)
Runner beans
Scabious
Sedums
Thyme
Verbena bonariensis
Veronica

Late August – mid September
Antirrhinums
Bee balm (Monarda)
Borage
Californian poppies (Eschscholzia)
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Cosmos
Dahlias
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Hedge Woundwort
Heleniums
Hyssop
Linaria
Marjoram
Michaelmas daisies
Oregano
Roses (not all; mainly single flowers)
Runner beans
Scabious
Sedums
Thyme
Toadflax
Veronica bonariensis

Mid-September – October
Antirrhinums
Coreopsis (tickseed)
Cosmos
Dahlias
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Germander speedwell
Geraniums (cranesbills)
Hedge Woundwort
Heleniums
Hyssop
Linaria
Marjoram
Oregano
Red deadnettle
Roses (not all; mainly single flowers)
Rudbeckia
Thyme
Veronica bonariensis

November
Germander speedwell
Linaria
Michaelmas daisy
Phacelia
Pot marigold (calendula)
Red deadnettle
Rudbeckia
Scabious
Water avens (Geum rivale)
White deadnettle

December
Erysimum (perennial wallflower)
Germander speedwell
Red deadnettle
Sarcoccus confusa (sweet box)