We have a farm near Montgomery AL where we grow blueberries, blackberries and muscadine as well as a variety of plum, peach and Asian persimmon trees. We have also planted a variety of red maples, tulip poplars, crab apple and magnolia trees and have massive amounts of white clover flowering all over the area during the spring.
For the last couple of years we've been working to develop a bee garden that contains a variety of flowering plants bees love to visit in our hot summer months and mild winters down here in central Alabama in our zone 8a growing area.
The 140' X 30' irrigated patch we're working in right now includes 16 camellia bushes, 6 eastern redbuds, 9 buford holly bushes and 3 serviceberry trees for winter flowering sources and 4 sourwood trees, 17 chaste trees and 5 clethra bushes for summer flowering sources.
However, we've run out of ideas and are looking for suggestions for some other varieties of summer flowering bushes we can plant here in central Alabama that will bloom profusely in the July and August time frame giving our honey bees something else to feast on. We thought about planting some clematis vines to grow on the 140' lattice fence we built to give the camellia bushes some afternoon shade, but read the ladies really don't care for them all that much. It would be great if we could find a summer flowering vine that would cover the fence, like clematis, but have tons of nectar-loaded flowers that bloom in July and August they couldn't resist.
Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.