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