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Plants for Bees in Winter

Bees in Winter

Bees are generally less active in winter, but they still need some food when they are out.  In summer there’s no problem as there are a huge variety of flowering plants, but in winter they need a little help. Here are some winter flowering plants you can grow in your garden to help them out.


Hellebores are wonderful, long-lived garden plants. There are hundreds of different varieties available, in colours from apricot to reds, purples, oranges, pinks, and even greens. Bees love them too as long as the flowers are single, rather than double. They’re a good source of food for pollinating insects in early spring when not many other plants are in flower. Most are hardy and happy in light shade.

Viburnum Tinus

Viburnums are evergreen shrubs with dark leaves and clusters of striking white flowers that are very useful to bumblebees, honeybees, and butterflies. As Vibunum tinus is a winter-flowering shrub, it's perfect for providing nectar and pollen to those bees that appear early in the year and those that are still around at the end of autumn. They will flower again in spring as well. They can be grown as hedges, and while they take time to reach the height you want, they are evergreen and require a lot less pruning than other hedging plants.