Honey Bee Menu for Pollen and Nectar Even if you can’t keep bees yourself, you can still garden for them. By Janet Davis


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.) Photo: (cc) Orange Aurochs/Flickr