Posted: 10/06/2015 at 10:54
They don't have to be wild flowers and in any case, garden soils tend to be too fertile for most of them to do well as wild flowers tend to grow in poor soils with low nutrients.
Single forms of ornamental flowers provide pollen and nectar too. Hardy geraniums are particularly popular with insects and come in a wide range of flower size and colours from spring to late summer, depending on variety, and they also have varieties suitable to shade, dappled shade and full sun.
Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils and alliums can be planted to provide nectar and pollen over a long spring season and will be appreciated by early bumble bees and other beneficial insects as they emerge. Go for the species rather than the modern hybrids to stay in keeping with your native theme.
Geums, foxgloves, campanulas, cornflowers and potentillas are good too as long as you steer clear of the doubles. Simple roses are good too and then all sorts of plants will provide flowers and colour and nectar and pollen to take you through summer and autumn.
Ivy, when mature enough to flower, provides an important food source in autumn as well as shelter.