Flowers to Feed Bees late in the year

Apologies as I may have asked this before
I want to plant say 3 or 4 different flowers / shrubs on my allotment to feed our friends for as long as possible as the year slips into Winter
If you could say   Plant X....August to September    Plant Y  etc

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  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653
    edited August 2018
    August - September: caryopteris
    November - March: mahonia 
    Winter honeysuckle, winter jasmine
    March - early shrub cherries, ‘Kojo’ something - apologises brain fog today  :D
    You can also get single Spring Camellias for March. Autumn camellias too.
    rhododendrons flower any time from December/January with a few certain varieties 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 5,411
    Hellebores perhaps for early Spring ?
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,873
    Snowdrops. Not so good for an allotment perhaps, but certain types of flowering ivy (coming out now) are fabulous for pollinators. Autumn flowering wall flowers and stocks.
  • I have just been wondering how long i should hang on to the lavender,for the various bees,it's not pretty now but that's the one they're after,they've given up on the cosmos,and gone on to Penstemons.
    Looks like I too must get some autumn/winter flowerers!
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,873
    Michaelmas daisies
  • Good one Fire!
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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,176
  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653
    edited August 2018
    Sorry, only read the shrubs part. Lots to choose from, Japanese anemones to crocus bulbs.. flowering quince 
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 485
    You can't beat Sedum 'Autumn Joy' .... totally mobbed here by all manner of pollinators from late August to late October.
    Ours are just beginning to show the very slightest shade of pink ... and the insects are already interested.
    Astilbie chinensis pumila is also popular .... likes a dampish spot.

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
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