Plants for Pollinators: Helping Bees & other Pollinating Insects

Plants for Pollinators - helping wildlife
Plants for Pollinators – helping wildlife

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.

Thoughtful planting leads to Happy Pollinators! So, look out for the RHS perfect for pollinators logo on our plants
Thoughtful planting leads to Happy Pollinators! Look out for the RHS pollinators logo on our plants

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.

Plants that are perfect for pollinators
We have added RHS pollinator badge to all relevant plants

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.

Mahonia Media Charity is Perfect for Pollinators
Mahonia Media Charity carries the Perfect for Pollinators badge

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.

Hydrangea - Plants for Pollinators, helping Bees & other Pollinating Insects
Hydrangea – Plants for Pollinators, helping Bees & other Pollinating Insects

Buxus Sempervirens (Box) is a slow growing evergreen shrub, native to the UK, ideal for hedging and topiary.

Much loved by bees is the Prunus Laurocerasus (aka Cherry Laurel), a dense bushy evergreen shrub with white flowers followed by fruit.

We have many many more, including Skimmia Japonica, which is suitable for pots making it ideal for patios and balconies.

Perfect for pollinators and flowering now are majestic tree peonies of which we have a wide range, in a vast array of colours!

Paeonia Suffruticosa Rou fu Rong Light Pink flowering and Pale Pink flowering
Paeonia Suffruticosa Rou fu Rong

Other popular choices are Pyracantha Augustifolia also known as Pyracantha Firethorn. Also on the RHS list, Hedera Helix (common ivy), again a plant native to the UK  as well as Boston Ivy.

Plants for Pollinators - creating a haven for the pollinators in our gardens & outside spaces
Plants for Pollinators – creating a haven for the pollinators in our gardens & outside spaces

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