Planting for Pollinators

Pollinators are so much more than just bees... we're talking about all sorts of insects and creepy crawlies- all of which are essential for a healthy eco system. Some of these insects include; bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, flies, beetles. 

Th reason it is important to think of pollinators when planting plants or growing flowers from seed is that they are in huge decline. Over the past few years our wildflower meadows have drastically decreased and they have lost their natural habitats. That is why as gardeners we must do what we can to help them thrive.

Here are a few pollinator friendly plants on my website:

- Snapdragon White

-Snapdragon Appleblossom

-Cosmos Purity

-Cosmos Daydream

-Cosmos Xanthos

-White Scabious

-Gaura

- Nemophila Five Spot

- Nigella

& plenty more to choose from!

 

Beyond sowing seeds there is plenty you can do to hep pollinators.

The RHS has these tips for other things you can do:

  • Allow lawn ‘weeds’ to flower by cutting less often 
  • Provide water for pollinators
  • Avoid using pesticides wherever possible and never spray open flowers
  • Provide nest sites for wild bees

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