I’ve been trying to make my garden a wildlife friendly one for a while now, as any regular readers know, and one thing I needed to know was – what are the best plants to use.
When I was researching what plants are the best for a wildlife garden I found that while several plants turned up again and again, the majority of sources I found had different opinions on what the best plants are.
It seems that limited research has been done in this area and the lists are ‘best guesses’ based on personal observation. I’m not saying they are wrong, but a definitive guide would be useful.
‘Come dine with bee’ is raising funds to do the research, can you find out more (and donate) HERE.
In the meantime, here are some of the lists I found:
- RHS – plants for pollinators
- Butterfly conservation – plants for butterflies, caterpillars and moths
- Gardener’s World – plants for bees
- RSPB – Planting for wildlife
- RSPB – planning planting
- RSPB – plants
- RSPB – wildlife friendly garden
- Bumblebee conservation – bee kind tool Assesses how ‘bee kind’ your garden is and suggests further plants
- Sussex Wildlife Trust – Wildlife gardening
One piece of research I did find is this video by LASI Bee Research & Outreach about quantifying variation among garden plants in attractiveness to bees and other insects. The video is here and the link starts the video at 2 mins 46 where there is a graph of their results.
From my own garden, here are some of the plants that do well for me (based on my own observation):
|Red campion||Sea Holly|
If I’m wrong and a list based on research is out there, or if you know of any other resources I’ve missed, please do add them in the comments 🙂