Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:56
My south facing front garden ranges from pink through red, purple and black. I've tried to grow mainly insect-friendly plants. Verbena bonariensis is a must for me. Other top insect attractors in my garden are: Sedum spectabile, Knautia Macedonia, Escallonia, Foxgloves, Alliums - I have several and all attract insects - Lavendar, Monarda, Dahlias, Achilleas, Hemoracillis, Ceanothus. I've also found Oregano/Marjoram is a bistro for bees and hoverflies.
Sarah Raven has a page on plants for pollinating insects which is useful