National Insect Week – what’s the buzz all about?
Many flowering plants have evolved close ‘working’ relationships with flying insects. These plants swap genetic information courtesy of our buzzy friends, who transfer pollen on their bodies from flower to flower.
The process works both ways and plants rely on insects as much as the insects rely on plants. Without the sugar-rich nectar and protein-rich pollen provided by plants, insects would not be deprived of food.
To celebrate National Insect Week from June 23 until 29 we’ve put together a list of our favourite plants for pollinators:
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Hidcote Giant’
A robust English lavender and a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit winner with striking spikes of violet flowers in summer and autumn and aromatic foliage. Great for bees and butterflies.
Scabious ‘Pink Mist’
This British-grown beauty has soft, button-like flowers on wiry stems and fern-like grey-green foliage. This hardy perennial looks great in a sunny herbaceous border or wildflower garden. Great for bees and butterflies.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Artic Snow’
A compact English lavender with fragrant spikes of white flowers from July to September and silvery-grey/green aromatic foliage, which smells wonderful when you brush past it. Great for bees and other insects.
Erysimum Bowles’ Mauve
A British-grown favourite. This wallflower prefers full sun and poor to semi-fertile, well-drained soil.
It is hardy and has spires of deep mauve flowers from February to July and grey/green leaves. Great for bees and butterflies.