Bees are having a very hard time these days in the winter of 2012/2013 over 20% of the bees in Denmark (Where i live) didn't make it. There are a lot of reasons why the bees didn't survive the winter it was an exceptionally long and cold winter in Denmark, the over use of Neuropeptides pesticides, diseases and urbanization are just a few. When you consider how much of the food we eat that depends on bee pollination it might be a good idea for us to start helping them out a little. If you are going to plant flowers in your garden why not think about the creatures that share the garden with you.
The following is a list of flowering plants that bees enjoy and a few of them we enjoy as well. Some I consider weeds and wont be welcome in my garden but there are a few that i will be planting to help my bees next year.
Flowering in March and April
Crab apple - Malus sylvestris
Bluebell - Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Broom - Cytisus scoparius
Cherry - Prunus avium
Bugle - Ajuga reptans
Heather - Erica spp.
Flowering currant - Ribes sanguineum
Lungwort - Pulmonaria officinalis
Pear - Pyrus communis
Goat willow - Salix caprea
Red dead nettle - Lamium purpureum
Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
White dead nettle - Lamium album
Flowering in May and JuneBirds foot trefoil - Lotus corniculatus
Chives - Allium schoenoprasum
Comfrey - Symphytum officinalis
Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea
Honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum
Kidney vetch - Anthyllis vulneraria
Lupin - Lupinus spp.
White clover - Trifolium repens
Poppies - Papaver spp.
Raspberries - Rubus idaeus
Red campion - Silene dioica
Sage - Salvia officinalis
Thyme - Thymus praecox
Tufted vetch - Vicia cracca
Meadow cranesbill - Geranium pratense
Wisteria - Wisteria sinensis
Flowering in July and AugustBorage - Borago officinalis
Bramble - Rubus fruticosus agg.
Buddleia - Buddleia davidii
Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus
Hollyhock - Alcea rosea
Common knapweed - Centaurea nigra
Lavender - Lavandula spp.
Lesser burdock - Arctium minus
Wild marjoram - Origanum vulgare
Mint - Mentha spp.
Purple loosestrife - Lythrum salicaria
Red clover - Trifolium pratense
Scabious - Scabiosa columbaria
Sea holly - Eryngium maritimum
Snap dragons - Antirrhinum majus
Sunflower - Helianthus spp.
Bee bee tree - Tetradium
Teasel - Dipsacus pilosus
Thistles - Cirsium dissectum
Vipers bugloss - Echium vulgare