10 flowering shrubs to help bees

Ten flowering shrubs to get your garden buzzing with bees.

Bee, via Flickr - Flowering shrubs for pollinators - Crumbs and Petals

As well as taking part in the Great British Bee Count, as a gardener you can also help bees thrive by planting shrubs and flowers to attract pollinators to your patch.

The Royal Horticultural Society has extensive lists of both plants and wildflowers which provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinating insects. And here’s ten flowering shrubs from the RHS’s “perfect for pollinators” range you can plant in summer and autumn which the bees will love:

Small / Medium sized plants:

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia (£4.99)

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis (£19.99)

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Buddleja Buzz Ivory ‘Tobuivo’ (£5.99)

Butterfly Bush - Buddleja Buzz Ivory 'Tobuivo' - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

 Potentilla fruticosa ‘Danny Boy’ (£5.99)

Shrubby cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Danny Boy - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Hebe ‘Autumn Glory’ (£4.99)

Hebe Autumn Glory - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Large plants:

Pieris japonica ‘Passion’ (£5.99)

Pieris japonica 'Passion' - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Moerloosei’ (£12.99)

Chaenomeles speciosa 'Moerloosei' - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Ruby’ (£12.99)

Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ruby' - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ (£7.99)

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (£6.99)

Cornus alba 'Sibirica' - Shrubs for Bees - Crumbs and Petals

Image credit: Bee by Jody Roberts, shared under a Creative Commons licence