Pollinating wildlife will be attracted by beneficial planting in or around the pond.
Through the season you will have had many British Native pond plants in flower for the pollinating insects
- March/April – Caltha palustris,
- May/June – Menyanthes trifoliata, Iris pseudacorus, Lythrum salicaria, Myosotis scorpioides, Ranunculus flammula
- July/August – Alisma plantago-aquatica, Butomus umbellatus, Mentha aquatica and Nymphaea alba.
But at this time of year more Non Native pond plants become useful in extending the pollinating plant season:
- Anemopsis californica
- coloured waterlilies
- Mentha cervina and Mentha cervina alba
- Pontederia cordata – which is particularly good for Bumble bees.
The surrounding emergence moist zone to a pond also grows both British Native and Non Native ‘Plants for Pollinators’:
- March/April – Darmera peltata, Primula veris
- May/June – Aruncus diocius, Geum rivale, Filipendula ulmaria, Iris varieties, candelabra Primula varieties, Lychnis flos-cuculi
- July/August – Eutatorium cannabinum,
These plants will all help bees, wasps, hoverflies, moths and butterflies throughout the season.
- Beekeepers are finding a lack of pollen and nectar bearing flowers are having an impact on bee populations so all that we can do in the garden will help
- Bees also need to drink so having pollen and nectar bearing plants near the water where they will come to drink is ideal.
- Do not use pesticides – especially not over open flowers
With thought, you can have some ‘Plants for Pollinators’ flowering at all times throughout the season for pollinating wildlife.