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Want to attract more beneficial insects to your garden? We share some tips, and suggest six insect-friendly plants to try
Snowdrops are one of the first flowers to bloom – sometimes as early as January. They make a brilliant breakfast for insects emerging from hibernation during warm spells.
Buddleia is also called the “butterfly bush” – plant some and you'll see why – but bees love it too. It's easy to grow in sun or shade – just cut it back in spring for loads of new summer flowers.
Dandelions are popular with bees, butterflies, hoverflies and lacewings. The bright yellow flowers start appearing in early spring, and continue right through to autumn, so are a readily available year-round source of nectar.
Lavender has lovely lilac flowers and a wonderful, relaxing scent. Bees love it, and there's nothing like the sight of a bumblebee dangling upside down on a lavender flower to lift the spirits.
Scabious is a super little plant with purple flowers that keep going right through summer. To attract butterflies such as painted ladies and red admirals, as well as bees, choose scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'.
Sedums bloom well into autumn, providing a late feast for bees, butterflies and hoverflies – many insects need this boost near the end of the year to see them through winter.
Little Green Space January 2018