Flowering Shrubs for Bees

Don’t forget about trees and shrubs when planting a pollinator garden! They provide a number of benefits relating to food and shelter for different species. A decent sized shrub may be densely covered in nectar and pollen-rich flowers. This means foraging is efficient, requiring less energy for the bees to fly about in search of further sources of food.

Forsythia
Forsythia ‘Courtasol’
Brilliant yellow flowers in early spring. A dwarf forsythia cultivar that is noted for its compact-spreading shape. Early bloom makes this shrub a true harbinger of spring. Fast growing with a semi-arching habit. Best flowering if planted in full sun. Moderate grower 1-2 ft. tall to 4 ft. wide. Compact Form, Deer Resistant, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Pet Friendly, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Early Season Pollinator Plant. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Miss Kim Lilac
Syringa pubescent ‘Miss Kim’
This upright, compact lilac blooms later than others, extending the season with deep purple buds that reveal clusters of highly fragrant, lavender blue flowers. Foliage is burgundy-tinged in fall. Hardy with excellent powdery mildew resistance. Great for border accent or mass planting. A lilac with wonderful fragrance and good fall color that needs to be planted where it can be admired for three seasons of the year. The smaller-than-usual growth of this shrub makes it easy to place in the front of a border, or use as a low hedge along the drive or sidewalk. Slowly reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide, or more with age. Partial to full sun. Attracts Butterflies, Bird Friendly, Compact Form, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Road Salt, Early Season Pollinator Plant. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 – 8

PJM Rhododendron
Rhododendron x ‘P.J.M.’
A durable yet charming rhododendron with small trusses of bright lavender-pink blooms contrasting with small dark green leaves. Evergreen foliage takes on a mahogany-brown winter color. This variety is noted for its tolerance for heat as well as cold. An excellent choice for borders, mass planting, or containers. An excellent foundation shrub that won’t exceed five feet tall; a natural for covering up unsightly stemwalls, footings and utilities. Ideal as a natural barrier hedge in front yards. Good choice for fence lines. Also works well planted singly or in groups in larger planters. Adds life to otherwise dull evergreen plantings and thrives in the acid soils under high-canopied conifers. Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall, spreading wider. Attracts Butterflies, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Gift Plant, North American Native Selection, Year-round Interest, Early Season Pollinator Plant. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 – 8.

Serviceberry
Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’
A compact shrub form of serviceberry, ‘Regent’ produces finely toothed, rounded leaves that are bluish on top and g
ray-green on the bottom. In fall, they change to vibrant yellow and red. Spring finds the shrub sporting white flowers in upright clusters that give way to fruit in June. Birds as well as humans appreciate the tasty berries, which make great jellies and jams and are more abundant in full sun. This plant is native to the Great Plains and tolerates harsh, dry, or alkaline conditions when mature. Provide full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. 3 to 6 ft. tall and wide. Attracts Song Birds, Native, Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Flowers, Showy Fruit and great for spring pollinators! USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-7