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Top 10 best clematis for attracting bees into your garden

Last updated on January 21st, 2020

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If you are in the market for a garden that brings forth all of the local bees, then you need the right variety of clematis. Bees love access to different menu items the same as we do. So, if you want to grow clematis that will prove attractive to bees, make sure to give them lots of options. Not all clematis will prove attractive to bees so we have made a list of 10 which will prove to be popular with the bees. 

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Why attract bees?

Bees are incredibly important to the ecosystem and yet they are rapidly declining in the Uk. It is up to you just the same as your neighbours and everyone around you to contribute in a positive way toward the conservation of bees. 

The best part is, it’s not very hard. You can arrange your garden ever-so-slightly and make it a much more wildlife-friendly garden in a simple and affordable fashion. Doing so will not only help bring the bees to your garden to pollinate and thrive but will more than likely bring about certain species of other winged insects like butterflies and moths.

Below are the top 10 best clematises to grow if you want to bring bees into your garden, perfect for accommodating flying friends all year round:

1. Clematis alpina ‘Pamela Jackman’

Clematis Pamela Jackman

This is known for its stunning beauty and is one of many alpina varieties listed in this roundup. It will bring bees to your garden at the beginning of the year right at the time when the bees are trying to make their nests. This clematis is a very strong grower and it’s particularly resistant to harsh weather which makes it perfect for UK gardens.

2. Clematis alpina ‘Pink Flamingo’

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This variety offers a contrast to the otherwise commonly purple coloured be loving flowers. It’s a species of clematis that give you large quantities of flowers all throughout the spring and is a great alturnative to the blue alpina clematis.

3. Clematis alpina ‘Stolwijk Gold’

As the name implies, this clematis offers gold leaves juxtaposed by elegantly pale blue flowers. The flowers actually droop downward which makes it particularly stunning. This is a very versatile plant what you can grow in a semi-shaded location in your garden but it also makes a great container plant. This is perfect for gardens that have limited space, people who want to still attract bees and butterflies but only have a small patio or balcony on which to grow container plants.

4. Clematis alpina ‘White Columbine’

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The white columbine plant is part of the Alpina family and it gives you flowers in the spring. Petals are paper-thin, and very Angelic, white in colour. Eventually, they form fluffy white seed heads which are wonderful when juxtaposed by pink or purple flowers.

5. Clematis alpina ‘Frankie’

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The alpina Frankie is very exquisite and will attract bees as well as butterflies. If you want to mix and match multiple types of clematis in your garden, this one will produce flowers later in the springtime which makes it the perfect plant when combined with an early spring bloomer. This plant will produce flowers at the same time that the bees are bearing their young and need lots of extra food.

6. Clematis alpina ‘Markham’s Pink’

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If you are not a fan of pruning, don’t worry, this particular variety is perfect for you because it requires absolutely no pruning. It also has a stark contrast to the other pink and purple flowers, perfect for lightning any dark areas of your garden. It’s very versatile and will do well in semi-shaded areas.

7. Clematis diverifolia ‘Arabella’

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The Arabella clematis also gives pollinators food during the later parts of spring at the beginning of Summer, particularly May and June. So, if you are mixing and matching to have flowers blooming all year round for the bees, this is a wonderful option to add. The flowers take on the shape of a bell and this caters to bees who need a source of fat right before they prepare for hibernation.

8. Clematis macropetala ‘Propertious’

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Another upside-down flower is this variety. The flowers come in pink and white shades. It offers an iridescent white trim along the edges of every petal part of what contributes to its unique appeal. It will bring butterflies, bees, and other winged insects to your garden as they sit and enjoy all of the nectar it provides.

9. Clematis ‘Harlow Carr’

If you want a non-clinging species that won’t overtake your garden quickly, this is the perfect variety. For those who have terraces or patios and simply want smaller species that grow slowly, this variety will meet those needs quite well. The colour is a deep purple which successfully attracts bees and butterflies.

10. Clematis Koreana ‘Amber’

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Finally, this clematis has some slight pink undertones but is overall amber in colour, hence the name. This is a very unusual colour for this species of vine and is a wonderful way to mix and match the colour tones in your garden while still attracting bees.

Remember that the right haven for bees and butterflies is one that has a collection of textures and colours. The more species you grow, the more species of pollinators will come to your garden. You can increase the wildlife visitors you have by providing a range of flowers.

With so many varieties and species of clematis from which to choose, you really can’t go wrong. Your garden will offer a great deal of texture and colour, perfect for attracting wildlife and insect pollinators. Once you get everything going you can enjoy the Symphony of buzzing that will quickly become your garden. Remember that these winged insects are attracted to the different plants for the nectar and the pollen but they might also be enjoying the other food sources like pests and aphids. So, make sure you use non-chemical control measures for pests in particular.

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