Lamium Album - White Deadnettle (sometimes known as the Bee Nettle because Bumble Bees love it so much). I had a large clump last year and it was covered in bumble bees all day for possibly 5 months.
It is between 50 and 100 cm tall and throws out a root structure rather like stinging nettles do so it is easy to split and start new clumps. Dies down in winter and grows from ground level again starting early spring. Slightly fluffy soft leaves.
HI Cathy,that sounds like a super plant to go into our wild flower meadow in the churchyard.I hope to be able to report fully on the churchyard very soon, waiting for latest photos to be put on the village web site.Will explain all in the next topic.
Thank you Jacka
Your list is great, thanks. I have a number of bee friendly plants too and the list is growing. I have just purchased a new Salix for Spring pollen. However for long flowering plants; there is a plant called Cerinthe major purpurescens which self seeds very easily in a sunny free draining position. It will flower from March/April through to summer. I did not document the months exactly this year but have allowed an entire area around a gingko tree to grow and this provides a constant supply of nectar and pollen for bees.
One to try if it helps, I am in Wilts climate wise.
It’s the long flowering period which is most difficult to achieve, and what will flower a long time in one area will not necessarily in another - bugle, for instance is come and gone in a couple of weeks in my (wet, west coast) garden.
Another addition would be green alkanet, still flowering in November and started in spring,
Erysimum (perennial wallflower) has been flowering for 12 months now, and my
red wiegela, don’t know the variety but I think it’s the basic one, which has been flowering off an on since the spring and is popular.
And the most popular of all is borage.
I agree with cathy, lamium album is the queen of long flowering plants that bumblebees love, flowering till first frost from early spring.
Borage will continue to flower november.
Hyssop june till september
Chives april till september if regular deadhead
Marjoram may till september
Spicata june till september
Echinacea may till september.(Though i’ve yet to see a bumblebee visit any of her flowers)
I have tried rosemary(miss jessops) and this lasts a good 12 weeks.