At this time of year there’s something very special about a fragrant garden full of attractive flowers and buzzing with bees and butterflies.
But our butterfly numbers are falling. By planting species that attract butterflies and bees we can each do our bit to help protect wildlife and make our gardens into a haven for these vital creatures. It’s easy to make this a reality by choosing some types of easy to grow plants. But what should you plant to attract these fascinating creatures?
In spring, flowering plants include Alyssum, Polyanthus, Cowslip, Grape hyacinth; Forget-me-not Honesty and Primrose provide nectar.
For summer flowers try Hyssop, Wallflower, Lavender, Lady’s smock, Marigolds, Field scabious, Verbena, Thyme, Marjoram, Goldenrod, and Buddleia.
In autumn good food sources are Lavender, Fuchsia, Ice plant, Russian sage, Michaelmas daisies or Ivy.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a large garden. Even a few pots of the right type of flowers can help attract these beautiful creatures and cheer up a paved area or yard.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s local group is holding a plant sale as part of its Annual Spring Fair to raise funds to support wildlife. It takes place on Saturday 4 June from 9.30am to 12pm at St Peter’s Rooms, Ruddington, NG11 6HA. On sale will be butterfly friendly plants and other items to help make your garden a haven for wildlife. Why not pop in to browse and have a cup of tea with home-baked cakes too?