Why not optimise the garden for pollinators?

There are so many considerations for a gardener has to take in that it is easy for certain tasks to be overlooked.

However, one thing that is worth thinking about is wildlife, to which green spaces can form an essential habitat.

Indeed, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds recently offered some advice for those who wish to attract bees to their outdoors.

In a blog post for the charity Adrian Thomas suggested that the best way to bring these creatures to the garden is to plant a range of plants that offer a wide variety of flowers throughout the year.

For instance, geraniums, heathers and borages – such as forget-me-nots, alkanet and comfreys are ideally suited to this task, as are vetches, clovers and lupins.

As well as "watching what bees are using at ground level", the expert also noted that: "Some of the best plants for bees are above our heads."

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is following suit by producing a new guide on how gardeners can best help pollinating insects.

This has been produced in order to satisfy a growing interest in planting wild flowers in gardens, as well as a great increase in the amount of requests for information the gardening charity has received from members.

Over 200 plants are included in the RHS guide, which breaks the list down into certain habits that can occur, as well as the best ones to recreate in your own space with garden equipment.

Director of horticulture at the RHS Jim Gardiner said that: "Gardens are now increasingly recognised as important environments for maintaining biodiversity."

"By planting a broad diversity of plants gardeners can do a lot to encourage pollinating insects which, in turn, will bring in other forms of wildlife into their gardens such as birds and hedgehogs," he concluded.

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