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Follow our progress as beekeepers, running the nursery, creating our own bee-haven and conducting research into the best plants for bees

New plants at rosybee this year

Eupatorium at RHS Wisley

Eupatorium at RHS Wisley

Each year I find a few more plants that I think will be a really useful addition to our range. Obviously they have to be good for bees but they also have to fit into either a garden or a meadow setting and behave themselves!

My normal source of inspiration is to visit some great gardens and watch what is attracting the most bees; over the last two summers I visited Sussex Prairies, RHS Wisley then Cambridge Botanics. From these vistis I identified the following:

  • Eupatorium (hemp agrimony) - 120cm providing height, structure and a mass of pink flowers covered in honeybees
  • Calamintha (Calamint) - lovely low, catmint-like plants but less floppy and covered in tiny which flowers
  • Stachys byzantina (Lambs ears) - fluffy grey leaves and deep pink flowers that are particularly attractive to 'wool carder' bees.

In addition I have added a couple of different cultivars of species that proved highly successful in our research; teucrium 'summer sun' and veronica spicata 'hiedkind' - both are dwarf varieties which will be useful for who dont have quite so much space of what to grow in pots.

In addition I am trying an agastache that seems to be a bit tougher then the species version of foeniculum and which I hope will be more tolerant to heavy clays.

Agastache blue boa

Agastache blue boa


by rosi