Don’t let those butterflies flutterby

To coincide with this year’s Big Butterfly Count from July 20 we’re growing nectar rich plants like lavender that support butterflies in our garden.

Butterflies are fans of simple, open blooms and these can include bedding plants, perennials, flowering shrubs and bulbs, so there’s plenty to choose from if you’re planning some butterfly-friendly planting schemes this summer.
These nectar-rich flowers are the equivalent of snack bars for butterflies, moths and bees. They serve up the invaluable food beneficial insects need for energy.

Butterflies love

Buddleja

This is a hardy and reliable shrub available in dwarf and compact varieties that are perfect for pots or tiny spaces with flowers in colours from pink and white to blue, lavender, magenta and deep purple.

Rudbeckia and Echinacea

Some of the best flowering perennials provide long-lasting displays, with a succession of flowers opening over several months.

Lavenders

They look great and provide welcome nectar for butterflies throughout the summer months

Sedum

This plant has flowers into the autumn to feed Small Tortoiseshell and other late-flying butterflies as they prepare for hibernation.

For more details of the Big Butterfly Count, please click here.