I don't know about the "must be food rule"...flowers feed my soul.
My faves where I live in the mountains of N. CA: For perennials any fruit tree
will do, but if you are limited in space, try raspberries
(bees love love love raspberries! It is a plant that multiplies and spreads freely - long season too) and believe it or not, roses!
(they must be single or old fashioned)
Annuals that the bees enjoy include sunflowers
(...who can't smile, and feel nurtured when in view of these beauties?) clover
everywhere and anywhere, now is the time to plant in the west for spring bloom BORAGE too,
all herbs;echinacea (make sure it is the brood leaf medicinal sort) mint, thyme
, lemon balm
especially, and for the fall, the bees absolutely adore zinnias
and the humble bachelor button.
ADDENDUM: I CAN'T BELIEVE I LEFT OUT COSMOS!
They are so easy to grow, they reach over 6' & the bees LOVE 'EM - so good for autumn pollen...
All of these would thrive in your area I am certain.