With the rapid decline of bees in the last few years here are a selection of clematis that we feel are especially attractive to bees and butterfly's.
Bees love a varied Menu so aim to provide a mixture of colours and textures as well as flower shapes and plant heights.
The 1st solitary bees emerge very early in the spring, so any of the alpina & macropetala varieties would be ideal for this period
Large mid season single flowered varieties will provide pollen for May & June
For later flowering varieties, look at the integrifolas and any 'bell shaped' flowers as these are also very effective
I will be adding individual varieties here throughout the season and adding photo's off the bees etc..
But until then, for starters I have added an Icon of a butterfly to about 100 varieties within these 4 main types of clematis click these links below, then click into varieties to see what I mean:-