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Plant a Bee and Butterfly Friendly Garden

To make your garden irresistible to nectar loving pollinators you need to have something on the menu for them throughout the seasons so your choice of plants really is important to pay dividends for them and for you. Both bees and butterflies pollinate our plants with the main difference being bees tend to pollinate, and brilliantly, in smaller areas whilst butterflies travel longer distances and so pollinate in a larger area. 

There’s no better sound than a garden alive with the industrious buzz of bees and we gardeners owe a lot to nature’s little helpers as without them we wouldn’t be able to grow many of the fruits and vegetables we take for granted. By helping the hardworking bees and butterflies we’re helping wildlife – and ourselves.

How to Plant

Plan for a succession of flowers then as one finishes another will start off and by providing this constant supply of pollen and nectar for bees and butterflies to feed on you’ll find them in your garden all year round. 

What to Plant 

Here are our top choices of plants they’ll love and as many pollinator friendly flowers prefer a sunny, or partially sunny location pick your site well and if space allows you try to grow plants in blocks or swathes to maximise their useful impact for the bees and butterflies.

Plant a Bee and Butterfly Friendly Garden

Posted by Charlie Groves

Charlie is the manager at Groves Nurseries.  He is the 6th generation of C.W. Groves to run the garden centre. 

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