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Encourage little visitors into the garden this year

Encourage and help the bees and butterflies to your garden this year. By planting more flowers you will be providing them with the nectar they need to survive and you will gain the prettiest of visitors.

Many herbs attract insects so if you are short on space maybe plant up some planters with a mix of mint, rosemary and thyme etc. you could always use them in your cooking too !!

Try and plant a mixture of early to late flowering plants to sustain the procession of insects as long as possible.

Here’s a few planting suggestions from the www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk website

Early-season nectar plants

  • Aubretia (Aubretia)
  • English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
  • Flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum)
  • Grape hyacinth (Muscari botryoides)
  • Lungwort (Pulmonaria spp)
  • Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
  • Sweet violet (Viola odorata)
  • Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis)
  • Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
  • Yellow alyssum (Alyssum saxitile)

Mid-season nectar plants

  • Buddleia (Buddleja davidii)
  • Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
  • Lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum)
  • Lavender (Lavendula spp)
  • Mallow (Lavatera spp)
  • Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea)
  • Rock cress (Arabis caucasica)
  • Sea holly (Eryngium maritimum)
  • Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
  • Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri)

Late-season nectar plants

  • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • French marigold (Tagetes spp)
  • Golden rod (Solidago candensis)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp)
  • Ice plant (Sedum spectabile)
  • Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Michaelmas daisies (Aster novi-belgii)
  • Perennial sunflower (Helianthus spp)
  • Red valerian (Centranthus rubra)

Herbs

  • Angelica (Angelica spp)
  • Borage (Borago officinalis)
  • Catmint (Nepeta spp)
  • Chives (Allium shoenoprasam)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • Mint (Mentha spp)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarimus officinalis)
  • Thyme (Thymus spp)
  • Wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
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