Plants for Bugs: Pollinating insects

Plants for Bugs: Pollinating insects

The recent publication from RHS 'Plants for Bugs' says that:

The best strategy for gardeners wanting to support pollinating insects in gardens is to plant a mix of flowering plants from different countries and regions. Emphasis should be given to plants native to the UK and the Northern Hemisphere but exotic plants from the Southern Hemisphere can be used to extend the season to provide nectar and pollen for some specific pollinators.

In essence, the more flowers a garden can offer throughout the year, the greater the number of bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects it will attract and support.

So when planting a garden pond the same principles can be applied - consider the seasons, both early and late when there is less in flower for insects to forage and try to have some plants flowering every month.

From Aponogeton distachyos in Feb/March through to Hesperantha coccinea in November.

Did your pond or moist area have a month this year with no flowers for pollinating insects?

Add a mixture of plants from different regions to maximize the support for pollinating insects in your garden and pond. For example: this allows you to choose Iris versicolor varieties rather than the Native large Yellow flag Iris (pseudacorus) if this is too large in scale for your pond area.

Refer to our pollinating plants page for image examples of the pond and moist area plants that are ideal for pollinating insects.

Many of these plants are British in origin as they are well adapted to our climate but they should be supplemented by Non Natives to give the maximum opportunities for pollinating insects. Avoid double flowers that are not useful to the insects. Choose our Pond Starter Collections which contain a mixture of Native and Non Native plants.