Posted: 18/07/2014 at 10:15
For those interested in plants for bees, hover flies and butterflies, I thought I'd share what works in my garden.
Allium Sphaerocephalon has at least 3 honey bees per head!
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna,' though not as many bees as last year.
Stachys byzantina 'Big ears' this is smothered with all manner of bees and hover flies, a definite favourite. Moths love this as well.
Digitalis (Foxgloves) of any kind are always great.
Allium Cristophii was smothered in bees.
Erysium 'Bowles Mauve' is currently the most visited of butterflies, but I am genuinely concerned at the lack of butterflies given how many plants I have for them, I really should have more, but then again, you can't attract what's not there.
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty,' Eryngium 'Big Blue and Saphire Blue,' Sedums of any kind, Lupins, Geranium 'Rozanne,' and the Agastaches 'Black Adder' and 'Blue Fortune' are all great plants.
Some I'm surprised with, for the lack of visits so far, are, Centranthus ruber 'Coccinea' (I thought butteflies would love it) Hesperis matronalis 'Alba' (though I know the moths like it) all 3 of my Buddleia buzz varieties (I haven't seen a single butterfly on them) Lavandula 'Hidcote,' Echinops ritro 'Veitch's Blue,' Achillea 'Moonshine,' Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign,' and possibly some more.
Any way, be interesting to hear about your own gardens and observations.
Oh, nearly forgot, the title is how it feels going up my narrow path with all the bees either side of it, it really is humming aloud with insects and the honey bees, bumble bees and hoverflies are there in mass, it really is scary at times. Butterflies though, where are they?