You can turn your garden into a haven for Bees and other pollinators by choosing a range of plants from our plants for pollinators range and making a few simple changes to your gardening habits. We encourage all our customers to be mindful of the benefits to wildlife when selecting plants for their gardens and will shortly be displaying a range of pollinator friendly plants and products in our plant area. Below are a number of excellent plants we currently have in stock which encourage bees, hoverflies and butterflies to your garden. Always look out for the RHS Plants for pollinators logo when selecting your plants.
Shrubs and larger perennials and climbers
Clematis cirrhosa – Ideal for walls and fences.
Sarcococca confuse – Early flowering.
Viburnum tinus – Flowers for 6 months of the year.
Ceanothus – Impressive blue flower
Chaenomeles – Produce fruits which can be made into jams or preserves.
Erysimum (perennial wallflower) – Robust plant.
Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ – Delicate white or pink blossoms.
Vaccinium corymbosum blueberry – Neat and compact.
Buddleja davidii – Also known as the butterfly bush, late summer flowers.
Smaller starter perennials
Aubrieta – A great choice for rockeries.
Geranium – Good choice for beginners.
Geum – Long flowering season from late spring to late Autumn.
Achillea – Great for mixed borders.
Campanula persicifolia – Pretty flower and an easy to grow plant.
Coreopsis – Ideal for a sunny garden.
Knautia macedonica – Abundant flowers.
Leucanthemum × superbum Shasta daisy – Daisy like flowerheads.
Papaver orientale – Oriental Poppy.
Penstemon species – Will flower for 5 months each year.
Verbena bonariensis – Attracts legions of bees and butterflies.
There are a number of other ways you can attract wildlife to your garden, here are a few you may like to consider;
Cutting your grass less often to allow ‘weeds’ such as clover and daisies to grow.
Provide a water source, however always ensure this has sloped sides so animals such as hedgehogs don’t become trapped.
Avoid using pesticides where possible.
Choose a range of plants that flower at different points throughout the year.
Create an area of wildflowers – we stock boxes of wildflower mixed seeds.
Add a tree if you have the space.
Leave dead tree trunks or logs in your garden to provide a home to all sorts of insects.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article, please do let us know via our social media channels or the comments section below if you try any of the tips we have suggested and if you spot anything as a result!