It has been noticed that over the last few decades there has been a significant decline in insects such as bees, butterflies, ladybirds and hoverflies. Many of them are very beneficial in our gardens because they eat pests such as aphids, slugs and blackfly and they help pollinate many of our native plants.
There are a number of ways you can attract them into your garden including planting, seed mixes and insect ‘hotels’:
- Plant your borders up with a range of fragrant flowering plants. In-store at Perrywood we have a large range of plants that bees absolutely love! Our favourites are: lavender, wallflowers, polemonium, scabious and crab apples
- If you want to encourage insects other than bees and butterflies try planting some of the following: cornflower, thyme, foxglove, honeysuckle, sweetpeas and purple loosestrife. Look out for the ‘Get your garden buzzing’ display in-store!
- We also have in stock a variety of seed mixes which will produce a beautiful selection of wild flowers perfect for attracting insects into any garden or outdoor space
- Leave a small area of un-mown grass to provide shelter for insects and small mammals. Some butterflies lay eggs on long grass
- Insects need a drink too so leave a pebble-filled bowl of water out in dry weather
- To make insects at home in your garden why not provide them with a bug hotel for them to shelter in during colder weather. Take a look at the selection we have in-store and online. Or maybe try making your own as a fun project for children to get involved with.