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10 Easy Pollinator Plants to Grow

Spring is coming, a great time for planting and planning, so with that in mind here are 10 easy to grow RHS ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ approved plants for your garden.

The vast majority of these, I have grown myself, so this is my measure of easy! Between having a business and a family, I do try and take care of my garden, but I am not always on it! No one is perfect 🙂

These suggestions are a mixture of native and non-native, which is fine and very common in most gardens. Research shows pollinators and insects do prefer Native plants, but they like both. You want a mixture of plants in your garden, don’t try and follow a theme and specific look, diverse is beautiful.

These are all fairly common garden plants and should be easy to find in a local garden centre. If you can, aim to have something flowering every season to ensure insects have some to forage.

Yarrow

Achillea
Flower: Summer
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Height and Spread: 0.1 0.5m for both eventually

English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia
Flower: Late Spring and Summer
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Bushy shrub
Eventual Height and Spread: 10cm to 50cm for both
Pruning: cut back in the early spring to keep the shape.

10 Easy Pollinator Plants to Grow - English Lavender

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis
Flower: Spring
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Shrub
Eventual Height and Spread: 60cm to 180 spread and 60cm to 180cm height
Pruning: After flowering

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Hollyhock

Alcea rosea
Flower: Spring and Summer
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Biennial Bulb
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.5-1 metre spread and 1.5-2.5 metres height
Pruning: Cut down the flower spikes when the flowers have faded

If it’s a windy spot, they may need a cane to support them

10 Easy Pollinator Plants to Grow - Hollyhock

March Marigold

Caltha palustris
Flower: Spring and Summer
Native? Yes
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.1-0.5 metres spread and 0.1-0.5 metres height
Pruning: Cut after flowering to prolong

10 Easy Pollinator Plants to Grow - Marsh Marigold

Salvia

Salvia species
Flower: Summer / Autumn
Sunlight: Full Sun / partial Shade
Type: Perrenial
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.1-0.5 metre spread and 0.1-0.5 metres height
Pruning: Dead-head faded flower spikes to prolong flowering

Lamb’s Ear

Stachys byzantina
Flower: Summer
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Herbaceous Perennial – Evergreen
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.5-1 metres spread and 0.1-0.5 metres height
Pruning: Remove flowers to prolong the life of the plant

Dahlia

Dahlia species & hybrids
Flower: Summer / Autumn
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: herbaceous perennial
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.1-0.5 metres spread and 1 – 1.2 metres height
Pruning: Remove dying flowers quickly to prolong the life of the plant

Clematis

Clematis heracleifolia
Flower: Varying – there are types for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
Native? No
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Climber
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.1-0.5 metres spread and 1 – 1.2 metres height
Pruning: Remove dying flowers quickly to prolong the life of the plant

Bell Heather

Erica cinerea
Flower: Summer and Autumn
Native? Yes
Sunlight: Full Sun
Type: Evergreen Shrub
Eventual Height and Spread: 0.5-1 metres spread and 0.5-1 metres height

10 Easy Pollinator Plants to Grow - Bell Heather

Hopefully, this list will give you a good start in considering bees next time you purchase a plant for your garden.

It will be worth it when you start to see your garden becoming a mini wildlife haven!

For an extensive well-researched list of plants for pollinators, please see this from RHS

Photos from RHS

 

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