With the summer holiday season coming to a close it’s understandable that many people, weather permitting, will be hoping to cram in a late summer BBQ and as a result thoughts may turn to the garden and what jobs need to be done to improve its appearance – for now and in the future. Here Reeds Rains provides yet more top tips for gardeners and, this time, focuses particular attention on what to do to attract and help garden insects.
Because of poor weather recently garden insects are beginning to struggle to survive and there’s even concern that, should these conditions arise again, they could be in danger of extinction. Whilst we can’t force the sun to come out gardeners can do their bit to help these creatures by planting some plants and flowers now.
For bees consider spring flowering plants like Crocus and Forget-me-not which will provide them with food as they emerge from the winter and also, in preparation for any milder winter days ahead, think about planting shrubs like winter flowering Honeysuckle and Daphne to provide the perfect stopping points for hungry bees.
Butterflies are attracted to the single flowers of plants such as Michaelmas Daisy and Rudbeckia and later in the summer the large heads of Sedum Spectabile will attract even more of these creatures, especially when planted in a warm, sunny spot. Their needs are also easily met with ordinary plants like Brambles and Honeysuckle, Primrose and Privet. A hedge of these plants in a sunny place could attract a good range of butterflies and, by adding a few nettles, the site will be perfect for them.
Whilst nettles are often considered a tricky subject in the garden they do provide a good place for egg laying butterflies and moths and also provide a good source of food for the caterpillars and hoverflies that emerge as well as seeds for birds. A small area with a nettle plant and undisturbed stack of wood will provide a year round habitat for garden creatures to feed and hibernate and ensure that, while you can enjoy your well tended garden, they can too.
Did you miss our July gardening blog? Read it here.
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