Nothing evokes that summer feeling quite like the gentle buzz of a busy bumble bee, happily gathering nectar and pollen. Yet we are all sadly aware of the serious decline in numbers of our precious pollinators (honey bees, wild bees, butterflies, lacewings, hover flies, moths…). The good news is – we can all help Mother Nature dramatically by creating a haven for the pollinators in our gardens and outside spaces. And thanks to the efforts of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society), it’s easy to do.
RHS Perfect for Pollinators Badge:
The RHS has just launched a new initiative to help our pollinating insects. After much study, they have compiled a list of plants producing nectar and pollen to keep our bees and other pollinators happy. This is a very specific list, scientifically compiled to help you recognise which plants are best suited to helping our wild pollinators. All plants on this list are eligible to carry the RHS Perfect for Pollinators Badge.
We have added the new RHS pollinator badge to all the relevant plants we have in stock so you can see at a glance which plants are RHS certified Perfect for Pollinators! This will help you find the right plants to encourage the pollinators into your garden.
And the choice is so wide! Here are just a few highlights:
Popular pollinator-friendly plant varieties include most cultivars of Hydrangea – eg Hydrangea Petiolaris Miranda – a slow growing climbing hydrangea. Also Hydrangea Macrophylla in a range of stunning blues, pinks and whites.
Much loved by bees is the Prunus Laurocerasus (aka Cherry Laurel), a dense bushy evergreen shrub with white flowers followed by fruit.
Perfect for pollinators and flowering now are majestic tree peonies of which we have a wide range, in a vast array of colours!
Happy Planting and Remember:
Thoughtful planting leads to Happy Pollinators! So, look out for the RHS perfect for pollinators logo on our plants.
Do not use pesticides on plants that are in flower!
Want to do more for nature?
See our feature on Plants to Attract Wildlife…