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Pollinators and shade

Does anyone know if bees will forage in shady areas? The reason I’m asking is that last autumn I planted a lot of crocus bulbs, partly because I love them but also because I hoped they would attract pollinators-they had the RHS perfect for pollinators symbol. The flowers are often in the shade and I’ve not seen any bees on them. By contrast, established plants in full sun are covered in a variety of bees. Is this because of the shade?
I’m asking as I want to plant some more bulbs this autumn in a partial shade area. If I can attract pollinators, I will, but if not, I may go for daffodils as I slightly prefer them. Thanks!

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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,508
    edited 28 March
    Might be because crocus dont open well in shade so nothing to attract bees. 
    Plenty of suggestions via Google for bee planrs for shade.
    Daffodils not their favourite evidently but English bluebells are. Don't plant Spanish
  • K67 said:
    Might be because crocus dont open well in shade so nothing to attract bees. 
    Plenty of suggestions via Google for bee planrs for shade.
    Thanks K67 but they have opened and looked beautiful but I’ve not seen any pollinators on them despite spending a lot of time in the garden, in a variety of weather conditions.
  • In my garden the bees seem to prefer two shade loving plants--Helleborus orientalis forms and Pulmonaria. I've also noticed that it's only really in the last couple of weeks that bumblebee queens have begun to wake up, so it could depend on where you are. Give them nourishment for April and May and you should see plenty.
  • pinkskyinthecitypinkskyinthecity Nottinghamshire, England Posts: 70
    I have the common primrose in the shade but I don't see pollinators on them ever, whereas my pulmonarias and hellebores they attract.
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