Bee & Butterfly Friendly

A wide range of bees and butterflies in the UK are considered to be in decline. However, we can create safe havens for polinators and contribute to healthy ecosystems in our gardens. This will in turn help to attract natural predators, which will reduce the need for pesticides. We have compiled a short list of some of the more common plants you may find at Scotsdales to help attract bees and butterflies to your garden. 

Even with a small garden, window box or balcony, some thoughtful planting can make an important contribution towards supporting our bee and butterfly populations. By selecting pollen and nectar rich plants with different flowering times you will be providing a food source for pollinators from early Spring to late Autumn. 

Contact our Plants team on 01223 842777 for further advcie about the plants we have available today!


Perennials

Perennials are a good option for adding a hint of colour to your garden displays whilst attracting bees and butterflies. If looked after correctly, these plants will give you a lot back. They will grow back each year ready for the Spring season. 

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Achillea, Agastache, Aster, Bergonia, Campanula, Centaurea, Erigeron, Euphorbia, Geranium, Helenium, Helleborous, Nepeta, Pontentilla, Primula, Savia, Veronica, Viola and many more options available. 


Shrubs

A shrub (or bush) is a small to medium-sized perennial woody plant. Unlike herbaceous plants, shrubs have persistent woody stems above the ground. They are distinguished from trees by their multiple stems and shorter height (less than 6 m-10 m [20 ft–33 ft] tall).Small shrubs, less than 2 m (6.6 ft) tall are sometimes termed subshrubs.

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Berberis, Buxus, Caenothus, Chaenomeles, Corylus, Erica, Fatsia, Fuchsia, Hydrangea, Ilex, Ligustrum, Olearia, Potentilla, Ribes, Salix, Teucrium, Viburnum, Weigela and many more.


Climbers and wall shrubs

Climbers can be great space savers for smaller gardens. They will grow up walls, across trellis's and over unsightly garden features. Wall shrubs will tackle this same requirement, but will require a little more ground space than true climbers. 

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Campsis, Chaenomeles, Clematis, Hedera, Hydrangea, Jasminum, Lonicera and more. 


Trees

The definiition of what consists of a tree varies betweens sources. In botany, a tree is a perennial plant that has an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves in most species. However, in some usages, the definition of a tree may be narrower, including only woody plants with secondary growth, plants that are usable as lumber or plants above a specified height.

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Acer, Arbutus, Crataegnus, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, Robinia, Sorbus, Tilia.


Bulbs

Bulbs give you a world of opportunity. Every plant and flower will have different requirements when it comes to growing directly from a bulb, so its always best to consult the individual method shown with that bulb. If treated right, you can create a garden from scratch to suit your core desires and invite a wealth of wildlife to join you. 

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Allium, Chionodoxa, Crocus, Eranthis, Fritillaria, Galanthus, Hyacinthoides, Leucojum, Muscari, Scilla and many other varities. 


Images courtesy of TheJoyofPlants.co.uk