Native and non-native plants for pollinators

To help better our understanding of how to garden for wildlife, the RHS led research into whether native or non-native plants best support garden invertebrates. Here we look at the findings on planting for pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

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Hoverfly on Verbena bonariensis

Quick facts

Five steps to planting for pollinators:
  1. Include a wide range of plants from different parts of the world
  2. Choose more plants from Britain and the northern hemisphere than the southern hemisphere
  3. Pack in lots of flowering plants
  4. Observe which plants attract pollinators and plant more of them
  5. Select plants for all seasons
An abundance of pollinators and bugs of all types equates to healthy garden ecology

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