Flower Bulbs For Bees
I have several types of flower bulbs for bees in my garden, from winter flowering crocus, snowdrops and daffodils, to Spring muscari, hyacinth, iris and bluebell. During the summer, up come the alliums and crocosmia.
Bulbs are quite versatile. Some are great in lawns, such as daffodils, some species of short stemmed fritillaria, and of course, crocus.
There are flower bulbs that will grow quite well in areas that we might call problem places in the garden.
If you have a shade garden, (for example, a shady spot beneath the trees) – wood anemone, snowdrop, cyclamen, blue bell and winter aconite are treasures for any gardener with these conditions.
On the other hand, I have found crocosmia to be very handy in a dry, sunny drought spot.
I love the large, showy summer flowering bulbs too, such as the tall alliums and agapanthus that look beautiful in the border, and tend to be quite long flowering. It’s not unusual to see large allium heads with several bumblebees feeding on them at once, and honey bees eagerly drinking nectar from agapanthus.
So in summary, I recommend flower bulbs for bees, because they are generally very easy to grow, and most people can accommodate at least some flower bulbs liked by bees whether they have a large bee garden, or just a pot of hyacinths and crocus by the front door.
Bulbs are often good value too. I love the fact that you can divide up your muscari, snowdrops and crocosmias, so that you end up with free plants you can swap with others or transplant elsewhere in your garden.In summary, here is a list of easy to grow flower bulbs for bees:
Winter Flower Bulbs For Bees:
Spring Corms And Bulbs For Bees:
Cyclamen coum (but can flower form January)
Siberian squill (Scilla siberica)
Wood Anemone (anemone nemorosa)
Summer Corms And Bulbs For Bees:
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
Ornithogalum (Star Of Bethlehem)
Buying Flower Bulbs For Bees
2. Swap with friends and relatives with similar views, or
3. Buy them from a local farmers' market, where we are fortunate to have a plant stall owned by a hobby gardener I trust, or
4. Purchase from a local nursery I trust.
This website has more lists of bee plants, including herbs, garden plants, trees, shrubs, wild flowers and even fruit and veg, so do take a look to learn more.
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