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Butterflies & Bees (6 replies)

FayeHopwood
FayeHopwood
4 years ago
FayeHopwood 4 years ago

What flowers have you found best for attracting butterflies and bees? apart from Buddleja πŸ™‚

NewHomeNewGarden
NewHomeNewGarden
4 years ago
NewHomeNewGarden 4 years ago

I think Verbena bonariensis is quite popular for attracting butterflies to gardens. Also lavender. The added bonus is that you will be able to enjoy the scent of the lavender too.

Newbie to gardening with a little bit of horti knowledge but still needing all the advice I can get

Florexpert
Florexpert
4 years ago
Florexpert 4 years ago

Just a few suggestions Asclepias tuberosa πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Bidens 'Pirate's Pearl' πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Centranthus ruber πŸ™‚ Erysimum 'Bowle's Mauve' πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Liatris spicata πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚  Eupatorium dubium πŸ™‚ Mahonia aquifolium, think of the poor bees in wintertime πŸ™‚ Vernonia arkansana πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Rosyposy
Rosyposy
3 years ago
Rosyposy 3 years ago

Hi all

Can I grow anything yet or am I best to wait until the spring?   I'm keen but too busy at the moment with Christmas and New Year celebrations (also just feel like curling up on the sofa and chilling!)

I have quite a long garden with a jungle at the bottom so there is some wildlife already but it would be lovely to make it look nicer.

I'll try some of your recommendations, Florexpert!

Ednaduck
Ednaduck
3 years ago
Ednaduck 3 years ago

Herbs are great for attracting butterflies and bees. My thyme and majoram especially are always covered in bees when they are in flower. At the moment my pulmonaria and cowslips have bees buzzing around them.

I'm inΒ the norfolk broads and find pinks attract the swallowtail butterfly which are amazing. I saw at least 4 last year.

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carolb
carolb
3 years ago
carolb 3 years ago

In my garden its the grape hyacinths that the bees love, also the flowers of my cotoneaster shrub has the bess buzzing.

Carol in Essex

carolb
carolb
3 years ago
carolb 3 years ago

This Summer it has been the penstomen, tagetes and zinnia flowers that have had the bees buzzing in my garden.

Carol in Essex





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