Plant flowers for bees and pollinators

Plant flowers for bees and pollinators

Set up a nectar café by planting flowers for bees and other pollinators.
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Many of our prettiest insects are nectar feeders that need flowers for their survival. Butterflies, moths, bees of various description and hoverflies all need sources of nectar and pollen to thrive. As they travel from flower to flower they also pollinate the them and enable them to set seed or bear fruit. So setting up a nectar café is of benefit to your plants as well as allowing you to enjoy the flitting of beautiful butterflies.

Setting up a nectar café benefits your plants as well as allowing you to enjoy the flitting of beautiful butterflies.

 

     

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    Setting up your nectar café:

    • Choose a sheltered sunny spot
    • Place each plant in groups or drifts so that the colour and scent are easy to detect
    • Prolong the flowering season – select plants so that you have a show of flowers from early spring to late autumn
    • Flowers with a simple (often flat) structure, like old cottage varieties, are easiest for insects to feed from
    • Remember to provide a night-time feast for moths. Plant some night-scented flowers.
    • Many herbs are highly attractive to insects, so add them into the mix, or design a dedicated herb garden

    Nectar plant suggestions:

    Early season

    Mid season

    Late season

    Aubretia

    Buddleia

    Coneflower

    English bluebell

    Heather

    French marigold

    Flowering currant

    Lady’s bedstraw

    Golden rod

    Grape hyacinth

    Lavender

    Honeysuckle

    Lungwort

    Mallow

    Ice plant

    Primrose

    Purple toadflax

    Ivy

    Sweet violet

    Rock cress

    Meadow saffron

    Winter aconite

    Sea holly

    Michaelmas daisies

    Wood anemone

    Verbena

    Perennial sunflower

    Yellow alyssum

    Wallflower

    Red valerian

     

    You could also make your own butterfly feeder: