Do Bees Like Hydrangeas?

Do Bees like Hydrangeas?

If you are looking to attract more bees to your garden then you need more plants that bees love. But what about hydrangeas? Do bees like hydrangeas?

Do Bees like Hydrangeas?

Mop Headed hydrangeas are sterile and will not attract bees at all as they have no pollen. Other hydrangeas though can be absolute bee magnets!

Unfortunately, the most common hydrangeas are useless to bees and other pollinators for that matter, for that reason they don’t attract bees and you won’t find them on the plant.

This is true for the common ‘mop-headed’ varieties of hydrangea. What do I mean by ‘mop-headed’?Well, it is the large round flowered hydrangea that you see in countless gardens up and down the UK.

This is a ‘mop head’ hydrangea

So What Hydrangeas Do Bees Like?

All is not lost though when it comes to hydrangeas and bees, there are some types of hydrangea that bees love. One such type is climbing hydrangea.

Climbing Hydrangea
Climbing Hydrangea

These hydrangeas have completely different flowers and you will often find them covered in bees, they love them.

Another hydrangea beloved by bees is Hydrangea paniculata. These hydrangeas have cone-like rather than round flower heads but they are just as beautiful.

Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata

This plant contains both sterile and fertile flowers on the same head which is why it can still attract bees.

In terms of cultivation, it can be grown in the exact same way as a regular hydrangea would, which also means it can be grown in pots.