The Best Flowers for Honey

A Honey Bee Menu for Pollen and Nectar

Even if you can’t keep bees yourself, you can still garden for them.

Spring and Summer Bulbs

  • Purple flowering onions (Allium spp.)

  • Golden crocus (Crocus x luteus)

  • Bishop Series dahlias* (Dahlia)

  • Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)

  • Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

  • Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica)

Perennials and Biennials

  • Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

  • Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

  • Lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta)

  • Cornflowers (Centaurea spp.)

  • Gas plant (Dictamnus albus)

  • Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

  • Globe thistles (Echinops spp.)

  • Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

  • Blanketflowers (Gaillardia spp.)

  • Cranesbills (Geranium spp.)

  • Fall sedums (Hylotelephiumtelephium)

  • Knautia (Knautia macedonica)

  • Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica)

  • Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

  • Meadow sage (Salvia nemorosa)

  • Showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

  • Fall asters (Symphyotricum spp.)

Annuals

  • Cosmos (Cosmos spp.)

  • California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

  • Sunflower* (Helianthus annuus)

  • Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)

  • Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena)

  • Breadseed poppy (Papaver somniferum)

  • Portulaca* (Portulaca spp.)

  • Blue anise sage (Salvia guaranitica)

  • Profusion and common zinnias* (Zinnia spp.)

Herbs

  • Chives and onions (Allium spp.)

  • Borage (Borago officinalis)

  • Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

  • Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

  • Mints (Mentha spp.)

  • Catmints (Nepeta spp.)

  • Creganos (Origanum spp.)

  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

  • Rue (Ruta graveolens)

  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)

  • Thyme (Thymus spp.)

Shrubs

  • Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

  • Blue mist bush (Caryopteris x clandonensis)

  • Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)

  • Winter heath (Erica carnea)

  • Lavenders (Lavandula spp.)

  • Sumacs (Rhus spp.)

  • Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

Trees

  • Maples (Acer spp.)

  • Alders (Alnus spp.)

  • Redbud (Cercis canadensis)

  • Hazels (Corylus spp.)

  • Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

  • Fruit trees, especially apple, plum, and cherry (Malus and Prunus spp.)

  • Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)

  • Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

  • Willows (Salix spp.)

  • Basswood/linden (Tilia spp.)

Weeds

  • Viper’s bugloss (Echium vulgare)

  • Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

  • Clovers (Trifolium and Melilotus spp.)

Read the complete article here: http://www.organicgardening.com/tags/honey-bee-menu-for-pollen-and-nectar

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