Wildflowers For Bees
We're discovering that bees need a varied diet. Solitary and bumblebees seem to have a preference for our native wildflowers, which makes sense - they're native species too. Different types of bee feed on different types of flower, so the wider the variety you have the better, and the longer the period when they're flowering. There are fewer wildflowers now in the UK than there ever used to be, and shortage of available forage seems to be a real issue affecting bee health and populations. These flowers won't just help bees, of course, but other pollinators too, including hoverflies, butterflies and moths. We can all do our bit to help out with this.
These Wildflower Plug Plants
...have been selected to particularly benefit a variety of bees. They aren't just attractive and good sources of nectar for pollinators, but they're also essential foodplants for butterfly and moth larvae too. They will thrive on a variety of soil types. Using small plug plants is a useful way of quickly establishing plants. If you are planting them into existing sward, keep a small ring clear of grass around each plant as they establish. Use 5 per square metre.
Tray of 104 native British plug plants selected for bees from a mixture of: Betony, Bird's Foot Trefoil (pictured, courtesy Gwirrel's Garden), Clustered Bell Flower, Cowslip, Foxglove (plant in shade), Great Burnet, Hawkweed, Hedgerow Cranesbill, Red Clover, Rock Rose, Thyme, Tufted Vetch, White Clover
** Please note: We may substitute other suitable plug plants depending on availability and season **
One tray costs £75, and two or more are £70 each, meaning these small (55cc) native wildflower plug plants work out at 52p/plant before VAT and delivery. The plants are labelled.
All these bee plants are British grown from guaranteed native seed, most of which is collected by the suppliers themselves. They're grown without the use of peat, fungicides or pesticides.
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