Posted: 05/01/2016 at 10:43
Allotmenteers' hackles will rise at this but.... globe thistles, Echinops planted or in pots, will bring all the pollinators your crops need. The spiky barrier also acts as a shield against the cats that love to hunt near ponds.
The globe thistle has more diverse insect visitors day and night than any other plant in my garden and that includes lavender, honeysuckle, Mahonia and ivy.
(Ivy is another plant that makes hackles rise but is teeming with wildlife all year round).