Flower Bulbs And Corms For Bees

I have several types of flower corms and flower bulbs for bees in my garden, from winter flowering Crocus, snowdrops and traditional daffodils, to Spring muscari, hyacinth, iris and bluebell.

During the summer, up come the alliums and Crocosmia (Crocosmia are okay in my experience, though not fantastic - but since they arrived in my garden I've always had them).

If you’d like to know which bulbs to plant for bees, read on, as well as tips for buying.

Bulbs and corms (and tubers and rhizomes) are quite versatile. Some are great in lawns, such as snowdrops, some species of short stemmed fritillaria, and of course, crocus, also work well in lawns and at the front of borders, between clumps of flowers.

There are flower bulbs that will grow quite well in areas that we might call problem places in the garden - such as shady spots.

bumble bee foraging on blue grape hyacinth flowerMuscari - lovely fragrant bulb, easy to grow and share with family and friends - works well in pots too!

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.

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 bumble bees 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:

Glory of the snow (Chionodoxa spp.)
Winter Aconite

Spring Corms And Bulbs For Bees:

Cyclamen corm (can flower from January)
Siberian squill (Scilla siberica)
Wood Anemone (anemone nemorosa)

bumble bee foraging on English bluebellBumble bee foraging on English bluebell. Blue bells grow very happily in dappled shade beneath the trees to the rear of our garden.

Summer Corms And Bulbs For Bees:

Foxtail Lily
Ornithogalum (Star Of Bethlehem)

2 bumble bees on a white allium flower.Bumble bees love alliums!

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