Attracting Wildlife to your Garden
There are many plants that both look good and are attractive to Bees and Butterflies. Most are easy to grow and provide great colour
Gardens can be a haven for bees and butterflies by planting shrubs and flowers known to be attractive to bees, butterflies and pollinators. Maintaining a natural area with nettles, grasses and wildflowers is good, but not always practical. By providing flowers from early spring when the first solitary bees emerge until autumn, you will attract a variety of insects to your garden.
There are a wide range of plants, shrubs and herbs, a few listed below on this page, which are attractive to bees, butterflies, and pollinators, they are easy to grow and provide great colour in the garden.
Bees and butterflies seek out nectar, it's all about food.
Providing water is also a bonus, a small pond or bird bath filled up will help attract birds.
Butterflies often prefer a large flower head to land on, bees can climb into foxgloves but like open flowers as well. Bees see colour differently, and are attracted to blues (and yellow which they see as blue) Most herbs are bee magnets, oregano and chives are often covered with masses of bees and insects. Below are some plants attractive to bees and butterflies, easy to grow and suitable for most gardens. Growing a number of these shrubs and plants will make a difference to the wildlife in your garden.
There are some plants which are strongly recommended: the common Buddleia which is known as the butterfly bush but really does get covered in butterflies. Equally attractive is the late summer flowering Sedum which can be planted around the base of the Buddleia to provide a butterfly feast.
Bees are drawn to Oregano, Alliums , Foxgloves, Veronicastrum and Rudbeckias, see the image at the top of this page and if you look closely you will see the bees dotted on the plant.