Good Plants & Shrubs For Bees

Planting some of the recommended shrubs & plants listed below will add beauty and fragrance to your garden as well as being excellent at providing food for bees. A bees forage or food supply, consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within their flight range which is typically two miles (3km).

Honey bee feeding on nectar

Our List Of Best Plants For Bees


Ceanothus - Bees love this plant that can be grown as a shrub or small tree. They are evergreen or decidious and flower either in late spring or mid to late summer depending on the variety. The common varieties have dark shiney leaves and produce a mass of fragrant blue flowers, other less common varieties will produce pink or white flowers.


Common Heathers - Low-growing perennial shrubs growing from 20 to 50 centimetres (7.9 to 20 in) tall and is found widely in Europe on acidic soils in open sunny situations and in moderate shade. It is the dominant plant in most heathland and moorland in Europe, and in some bog vegetation and acidic pine and oak woodland.

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