by One Click Plants May 15, 2024 3 min read

The Importance Of Bees And Butterflies In Your Garden

As part of our biodiversity, bees and butterflies are two kinds of life that are incredibly valuable to our gardens. Not only do they work to pollinate our crops, and allow us to eat natural produce, but they also help to keep plants and wild flowers alive and thriving.

 

Without the existence of bees and other pollinators, the world would struggle with the expensive process of pollination by man, putting the world at risk of a loss of food and eventually extinction. Yes, that’s right, pollinators and the process of pollination is far more valuable than many realise. And since the rates of pollinators, especially various species of bees, are at risk of extinction, placing pollinators as a priority in your garden will help to save their numbers. Ensuring our biodiversity is protected and our gardens continue to bloom each year.

 

One of the best ways to encourage bees, butterflies and other types of pollinators to your garden is to choose plants that attract this wildlife. From Verbena, Geranium, Echinacea, to Lavender, Tellima, and Peony, there are a wide variety of plants and perennials that attract bees and butterflies. Helping to increase their numbers in your garden.

 

Our Choice Of Pollinator Perennials

The majority of these perennial plants are those that bloom in summer, which is the best time for attracting pollinators. Bees and butterflies will most commonly appear in the summer months and sometimes into the early autumn. To get the most out of your garden and to encourage high numbers of essential wildlife, we recommend a combination of these favourite pollinator-attracting perennial plants:

 

1. Geranium

One of the most popular perennials on the market, the reliable Geranium is a great choice for beginners and expert gardeners. A relatively ‘easy’ plant to deal with, the Geranium thrives most in the summer months, displaying beautiful blooms of bright colours, from pink to purple, blue to red and orange, they are a very low maintenance plant and are best placed in either full sun or partial shade. They are incredibly attractive to pollinators and are perfectly placed just about anywhere in your garden.

What’s more, the Geranium 'Rozanne' was even voted the Royal Horticultural Society's Plant of the Century at the 100th Chelsea Flower Show.

 

2. Lavender

Lavender is second on our list but is certainly well-associated with bees in particular. The smell of lavender alone is enough to draw in large numbers of pollinators, it is an incredibly valuable addition to your garden but also smells wonderful and looks amazing too. What more could you ask for from such a low maintenance plant with minimal care requirements. All we ask is that you ensure they are planted somewhere with plenty of drainage.

 

3. Echinacea

Not only a brilliant way to attract pollinators to your garden but the planting of Echinacea is sure to bring striking beauty to your garden too. With their large flower heads and a variety of different two tone colours, Echinacea can be planted in your sunny garden borders surrounded by other pollinator-attracting plants to create a complete display that the bees and the butterflies will love throughout the summer months.

 

4.   Peony

A classic choice for British garden, we hear so often how much the stunning yet elegant Peony is adored by gardeners. Its lush flower heads, formed in a ruffle-like style, bring some variety and dimension to your garden and can be planted in your sunny garden borders alongside your other classics. As well as delivering visual beauty, the Peony is also a fragrant plant and brings an enjoyable aroma to the garden throughout the summertime. Loved by a wide variety of pollinators, a choice of Peonies in a range of colours will certainly bring more and more to your garden this year.

 

5.   Salvia

At One Click Plants we stock a huge selection of Salvia for you to order directly from our online garden centre. From Salvia ‘Sensation Pink Rose’, to Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, our collection features some of the finest varieties of this popular perennial. Being highly fragrant, with a long flowering period, and with the ability to grow as a compact bushy plant, the Salvia is an excellent and versatile choice for gardeners wishing to attract pollinators.

 

Best planted in full sun and with well-drained soil, we suggest planting your Salvia variation in your garden borders or containers. 

 

At One Click Plants we offer an excellent selection of perennials for attracting pollinators, and now is the ideal time to plant them in your garden for a long season of flowering.



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