Ellie's Eight: National Insect Week

Ellie's Eight: National Insect Week

In this edition of Ellie’s Eight, Ellie Richardson of Johnsons of Whixley identifies eight plants that will help attract and provide a hub for insects. The list is in support of National Insect Week, which runs between  19th and 26th June.

  • Plant Echinacea in two or three clumps to attract bees and butterflies. Most Echinaceas will flower from July to September.


  • Achillea are loved by bees and many other insects, including ladybirds and hoverflies. They will generally flower from June-September.


  • Plant Ajuga to attract insects in to your garden, including bees and butterflies. It is on the RHS ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ list. They flower from April to June.


  • Buddleias are also known as 'butterfly bush', but attract lots of other insects too, and will flower from July to September.


  • Scabiosa are ideal for attracting bees and butterflies and other insects to the garden, and will keep on flowering from June to October.


  • The flower on eryngium attracts bees and hoverflies. It’s a great addition to your garden and will flower from July to September.


  • Lupins are not only a cottage garden favourite, but a favourite for bees too, and will flower from June to September.


  • Coreopsis are another bee and butterfly favourite and will flower from June through to September.


Posted 14th Jun 11:21am

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