Bee, Butterfly and Bug Friendly
Why are bees, bugs and butterflies important?
Bees pollinate flowers and many vital commercial crops. Without them our flowers will die out, our environment will be irreversibly changed and our wildlife will be threatened.
Plant friendly bugs, such as ladybirds, are voracious aphid predators as well as pollinators and work as a natural pest control for your garden. Adult hoverflies also feed on nectar and pollen while the larvae of many species keep pest numbers down.
Butterflies are very important to gardeners because they feed on flower nectar and as they do, they transfer pollen on their bodies and legs from one plant to another. They also react very quickly to change in their environment, which makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. The decline in butterfly numbers is an early warning for other wildlife.
What can you do to help?
Plant traditional cottage garden plants and flowers. Use bee nesters and pollinating logs in your garden to encourage bees to visit.
Plant umbrella shaped flowers such as fennel, dill, coriander and tansy to attract ladybirds. Hoverflies feed on plants where they can get to the nectar and pollen easily so aim to grow plants that have flat heads of flowers.
Butterflies visit gardens to drink nectar from flowers, the nectar provides fuel to keep them airborne so planting nectar rich plants is a way to help conserve the butterfly population.
How to find these plants
Weâve made it really easy for you, simply look for the bee friendly icon on our website and the bee, bug and butterfly signs around the garden centre.
For more bug information visit www.royensoc.co.uk
For more butterfly information visit www.butterfly-conservation.org.uk
Our recommended plants for bees:
- Cynara cardunculus
- Geranium robertianum
- Geranium 'Brookside'
- Geranium himalayense