Plants for MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD !

Many blossoms are beautiful AND help bees, others are actually poor sources of the nectar and pollen that honey bees need to survive.

Help honey bees! Grow plants with high nectar or pollen production scores*,  AND by selecting plants which blossom at different times.

HOW TO USE THIS CHART:   Click the top of a column to SORT plants based on the characteristics.

*Pollen and Nectar Scores from Peter Lindtner's Garden Plants for Honey Bees, a fantastic resource for beekeepers who want to plant for honey bees.

*Initial list based on Marie Rojas' Honey Bee Power Plant articles in the Honeypot. Plants will be added on an regular basis.

TypeBotanical NameCommon NameNectar
Score*
Pollen
Score*
Blooming MonthsImageGrowing Requirements
PerennialSedum ‘Autumn Joy’ Stonecrop3309 Sept -
10 Oct
Photo: Steve Dubik
Photo: Steve Dubik
Full sun to part shade
More info
PerennialPerovskia atriplicifoliaRussian Sage3307 July -
09 Sept
Full sun. Floppy in part shade.
More info
PerennialNepetaCatmint3205 May -
09 Sept
NepetaFull sun to part shade.
More info
Shrub or small treeHalesia carolinaCarolina Silverbell 2204 Apr -
05 May
Full sun to part shade.

BulbAllium giganteum ‘Globemaster’Giant Onion3205 MayFull sun.
More info
TreePrunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’Higan Cherry 2203 Mar -
04 Apr
Full sun to part shade.
ShrubSarcococca hookeriana var. humilisSweetbox2302 Feb -
03 Mar
Photo: Steve Dubik
Part shade to full shade.
Spreading climberJasminum nudiflorumWinter Jasmine2202 Feb -
03 Mar
Photo: Steve Dubik
Full sun to shade.
PerennialVeronicastrum virginicumCulver’s Root3207 Jul -
08 Aug
Full sun. Native.
Shrub Clethra alnifoliaSummersweet3207 Jul -
09 Sept
Full sun to shade. Native.
TreeTilia cordata ‘Greenspire’Greenspire Little-leaf Linden 5306 JunFull sun.
ShrubKerria japonicaJapanese Kerria 1104 AprFull sun to full shade.