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Summer flowering nectar rich shrubs to attract bees and other insects

Below is a cross section of shrubs that will provide a nectar source for bees and other nectar feeding insects throughout the summer months. Shrubs have been chosen to provide a nectar source over several months with some being early and some being late flowering.

Many of these shrubs require a hot sunny spot to produce masses of nectar rich blossom, this is because many are classed as herbs or Mediterranean sub shrubs. Many also produce blue blossom which in turn produce more nectar rich blossom.

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Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Cotoneaster horizontalis - CotoneasterCotoneaster horizontalis

Shrub, Ground cover, SpreadingWhite flowers (Spring)
Perovskia atriplicifolia - Blue Spire - Turkish SagePerovskia atriplicifolia

'Blue Spire'

Turkish Sage
Shrub, Herbs, Culinary, SpikeyDark blue flowers (Summer late)
Hebe x franciscana - Variegata - HebeHebe x franciscana


Shrub, Ground cover, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Sambucus nigra - Variegata - Variegated ElderSambucus nigra


Variegated Elder
Shrub, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Rosmarinus officinalis - RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis

Shrub, Herbs, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushDark blue flowers (Summer)
Hypericum calycinum - Rose Of SharonHypericum calycinum

Rose Of Sharon
Shrub, Ground cover, Spreading archingYellow flowers (Summer early)
Phillyrea latifoliaPhillyrea latifolia Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Container-friendly, Rounded - TreeNon-flowering
Ceanothus - Tilden Park - Californian Lilac, CeanothusCeanothus

'Tilden Park'

Californian Lilac, Ceanothus
Shrub, Ground cover, Spreading archingDark blue flowers (Summer, scented)
Lavandula angustifolia - Imperial Gem - LavenderLavandula angustifolia

'Imperial Gem'

Shrub, Herbs, Ground cover, Hedging & Screening, Culinary, Container-friendly, Rounded - ClumpDark blue flowers (Summer, scented)
Buddleja davidii - PeaceBuddleja davidii

Shrub, Spreading archingWhite flowers (Summer, scented)

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