10 Plants that encourage pollinators

Looking upon rows of gorgeous flowers is one of life’s pleasures, especially if they’re just a glance away in your garden. But there’s so much more to plants than their beauty alone.

Our gardens are extremely important for bees and other pollinators, providing them with the nectar and pollen they need to thrive. And it’s through pollination that the next generation of beautiful flowers are born, along with vegetables and fruit that we eat.

By growing a good mix of flowering plants in our gardens, we can create a haven for all those gorgeous butterflies, bees, and other pollinating species. So next time you hear buzzing and fluttering of our little friends in your garden, you know that you’re playing an important part in the ecosystem.

Plants that encourage polinators

Lavender

With its famous rich scent and distinct purple hues, Lavender is the perfect all-rounder that fits in every garden.

When to plant: April to May

Where to plant: A sunny, open spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: After planting, water regularly, especially in dry weather, for the first season

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Dahlias

The shining light of summer, Dahlias come in all shades of the rainbow, from bright to pastel, so you’ll always find the perfect one for your space.

When to plant: Late May to June, after the last frost

Where to plant: A partially shaded sheltered spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Once a fortnight, feed your dahlias with a high potash feed

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Fuchsias

Whether they’re trailing from hanging baskets, climbing up trellis, or standing proud in pots, Fuchsias add striking hot pink pendant petals that flower all summer long.

When to plant: Late May to June, after the last frost

Where to plant: A sunny but sheltered spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Once it starts to flower water once a week, especially during dry periods

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Cape daisies

While their petals are reminiscent of the common daisy, the vibrant colouring of the Cape Daisy sets them apart from the crowd.

When to plant: May to June

Where to plant: A sunny but well sheltered spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Watering is not necessary, except during intense dry periods

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Marguerite's

These delicately shaped flowers sit perfectly in any bed or border, with soft shades of pink and white, Marguerites will brighten up any garden.

When to plant: March to May

Where to plant: A sunny spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Water it well until it’s established

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Buddleia

Look no further than Buddleia for a stunning flowering shrub that acts as a magnet for beautiful butterflies.

When to plant: May to September

Where to plant: A sunny spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: A high potash feed in spring will boost the flowering potential of your buddleia, but keep deadheading for a long-lasting flowering period

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Verbena

With small, delicate clusters of alluring flowers Verbena has a long flowering season that’ll keep you in colour through to November.

When to plant: April to May

Where to plant: A sunny but sheltered spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: While the verbena flower is drought resistant, the blooms are improved with regular watering

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Salvia love and wishes

Aromatic foliage and rich dark pink flowers and magenta stems are the calling cards of Salvia love and wishes, a striking addition to every garden.

When to plant: May to June

Where to plant: A sunny, open spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Regular deadheading will see the summer blooms continue well into autumn

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Cosmos

Cosmos come in an array of dazzling colours, they’re easy to grow, and quickly spring into flower.

When to plant: Late May to June, after the last frost

Where to plant: A sunny, open spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Water regularly, but make sure you don’t over-water them

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Snapdragons

Uniquely shaped with tall bunches of bright petals, Snapdragons are a firm favourite for beds and borders.

When to plant: Late May to June, after the last frost

Where to plant: A sunny, open spot with fast-draining soil

How to get it growing: Keep them well watered and support taller varieties with canes

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Did you know that B&Q has 300 garden centres across the UK?

We stock a wide range of plants across the seasons in all shapes and sizes, from pansies to oak trees — so you can add colour and life to your windowsills, your garden and everything in-between. You can grow again no matter what your budget and space looks like.​ We monitor and vet our plants at every stage from seed to store, so you know they’re in safe hands.