It’s still too early in the year to be planting in the garden. However it’s never too early to start planning that new ‘pollinator friendly’ flower border. Here is a selection of really good perennials that will give a dazzling display from Spring through to Autumn, year after year (providing you ‘dead head’ from time to time). Don’t forget to plant in blocks of the same species rather than single plants. This will ensure insects will find them more readily, and reduce the energy that is wasted travelling from flower to flower.
Salvia nemarosa – Balkan Clary
Sedum spectabile – Ice Plant
Stachys byzantia – Lamb’s Ear
Eryngium planum – Blue Eryngo
Echinops ritro – Globe Thistle
Knautia arvensis – Field Scabious
Lavendula munstead – English Lavender
Rudbeckia fulgida – Coneflower
Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ – Wallflower
Knautia macedonia – Macedonian Scabious
Centaurea Scabiosa – Greater Knapweed
Verbena bonariensis – Vervain
We will be updating this list over the next few months with other great plants for pollinators – and where to buy them.