Pollinator Paradise: Plants That Attract Butterflies, Bees and Birds

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As gardeners, the choices we make can transform our green spaces into thriving sanctuaries that not only delight the senses but also bolster the local wildlife. As we look forward to celebrating Green Garden Week in early June, join us in championing your very own pollinator paradise at home. In collaboration with discount code site Savoo.co.uk and in support of Butterfly Conservation, you can now enrich your garden and create a lush sanctuary that buzzes with life and diversity.

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Why Pollinators Matter

Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and birds, are the unsung heroes of the natural world. By transferring pollen from one flower to another, they not only help with plant reproduction but also contribute to the production of fruits and seeds. This process is crucial for the health of our ecosystems and for the production of much of the food we consume.

However, the alarming decline of UK pollinator populations poses a severe threat to biodiversity and agriculture. Habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change are among the key challenges these creatures face. This makes it imperative for us as gardeners to step in and help by creating environments that support their survival and flourishing.

Did you know that 80% of UK butterflies and moths are in decline due to the combined effect of habitat loss and climate change? Butterfly Conservation is asking for everyone's help in creating more Wild Spaces where butterflies and moths can thrive. You don't need a garden to make more room for nature. Whether you live in a flat with a balcony or a house with a patio, you can help make a difference.

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Plants That Attract Pollinators

At Marshalls Garden, we recommend a variety of plants known for their ability to attract pollinators. Planting these can turn your garden into a buzzing haven of activity and beauty. Here’s a selection to get you started:

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For Butterflies

      Buddleja (Butterfly Bush): Often referred to as the butterfly bush, buddleja’s nectar-rich flowers are a favourite among butterflies. Its voluminous blossoms add vibrant splashes of colour to any garden.

      Echinacea: These daisy-like flowers not only add a rustic charm to your garden but also are a hotspot for butterflies thanks to their broad, flat petals that make landing easy.

For Bees

      Lavender: With its irresistible fragrance and rich nectar, lavender is a bee magnet. It’s also easy to grow and makes a wonderful addition to borders or as part of a sensory garden.

      Foxglove: The bell-shaped flowers of the foxglove are particularly attractive to bees. They thrive in shady spots, making them excellent for under trees or in north-facing gardens.

For Birds

      Sunflowers: Towering sunflowers are not just visually stunning; they also provide seeds that attract a variety of birds. Their large heads are perfect for birds like finches and titmice.

      Crabapple Trees: These trees offer shelter and their fruits serve as a vital food source during the colder months.

Supporting Our Pollinating Friends

Incorporating plants that attract pollinators is just the first step. To truly make a difference, consider the following tips:

      Avoid Pesticides: Chemicals commonly found in pesticides, such as glyphosate, can be harmful to pollinators. Opt for natural pest control methods such as companion planting and encouraging predators, and generally embrace the ethos of organic gardening.

      Provide Water Sources: A simple bird bath or a shallow dish filled with pebbles and water can help provide pollinators with the hydration they need.

      Plant in Clusters: Grouping similar plants together can help pollinators find and utilise them more efficiently.

Join Us for Green Garden Week

As Green Garden Week approaches, we encourage you to focus on sustainable gardening practices. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about creating a pollinator-friendly garden and to share experiences with fellow garden enthusiasts.

Creating a pollinator paradise not only contributes to the well-being of butterflies, bees and birds but also enhances our own lives, offering us a front-row seat to nature’s wonders. By choosing the right plants and adopting pollinator-friendly practices, we can make a significant impact.

Let’s band together this Green Garden Week to pledge our support for these vital members of our ecological community. For more tips and tricks on sustainable gardening, visit Marshalls Garden today.

Together, we can sow the seeds for a healthier, more vibrant world.

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