Native and non-native plants for ground-active invertebrates

To better our understanding of how to garden for wildlife, the RHS led research into whether native or non-native plants best support invertebrates. Here we look at the findings on planting for a range of invertebrates active at ground level.

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Quick facts

Five steps to planting for invertebrates active at ground level:

  1. Include plenty of British native plants for herbivores
  2. Grow some evergreen plants for winter cover
  3. Plant densely while leaving a few bare patches here and there
  4. Decide whether planting for pollinators is equally important for you
  5. Plant a wide variety of plants in your garden

An abundance of pollinators and invertebrates of all types equates to healthy garden ecology

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