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Downton Honey

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Over the last couple of years I have reduced the number of beehives I keep and generally only have enough honey for my own family's use, and to give away to friends and family. On a good year you may find some of my excess honey for sale at The Borough Cafe in Downton.

Flowers and Plants Attractive to Honey Bees

Here are some suggestions of British native plants and flowers that honey bees find attractive.

If you grow any of these plants please send me a picture to graham@downtonbees.co.uk so I can publish them on this page for all to see.

Happy growing, and may your garden be full of the sound of busy-buzzy-bees - BZZZZZZZ!

Flowers and Plants for Bees

  • Birds-foot Trefoil
  • Common Poppy
  • Corn Chamomile
  • Corn Marigold
  • Corncockle
  • Cornflower
  • Devil's Bit Scabious
  • Field Scabious
  • Foxglove
  • Greater Knapweed
  • Ground Ivy
  • Lesser Knapweed
  • Meadosweet
  • Purple loosestrife
  • Teasel
  • Toadflax
  • Viper's Bugloss
  • Wild Carrot

You can buy seeds for these plants and other seed mixes attractive to pollinating insects 'Landlife Wildflowers' where you can also get further advice about how to plant your own insect pollinator friendly meadow.

RHS 'Perfect for pollinators' list

When you go shopping for plants look out for the RHS 'Perfect for Pollinators' logo.

rhs perfect for pollinators

CLICK HERE for a list of suitable garden plants and CLICK HERE for a list of suitable wildflowers. Happy growing!