Bees and other pollinating insects will benefit from a new guide produced by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
Following last year’s very popular list of pollinator-friendly cultivated plants the charity is launching a follow-up list covering wild flowers useful as nectar and/or pollen sources for insects. Many of these native plants can be used in cultivated areas.
“Gardens are now increasingly recognised as important environments for maintaining biodiversity,” Jim Gardiner, RHS Director of Horticulture, said.
“By planting a broad diversity of plants gardeners can do a lot to encourage pollinating insects which, in turn, will bring in other forms of wildlife into their gardens such as birds and hedgehogs.”
The new wildflower list, which contains over 200 plants, breaks the list down to certain habitats that occur or can be created in gardens.