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Encouraging friendly bugs & butterflies

Encourage insects into the garden and you’ll be well on your way to creating a garden that flourishes all year round. Bedding plants, flowering shrubs and bulbs produce blooms that not only make our gardens burst with colour, they also attract beautiful butterflies and friendly bugs in their droves. Choose the right kind of flowers and they will act like fuelling stations for a variety of insects, butterflies, moths, bees and more.

A popular choice for welcoming butterflies is the Butterfly Bush – also known as the Buddleja – as it’s like a magnet to butterflies of all kinds. There are so many varieties of the Buddleja available so whether you want a plant for the borders or a smaller version for a pot, you’ll have lots of choice. The flowers bloom a plethora of shades from pink and white to blue, lavender, magenta and deep purple.

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As well as the Buddleja, there are many other plants that will attract butterflies and useful insects, some of which will flower all through the year. For a rainbow of colour and a constant stream of insects, try planting Rudbeckia and Cone Flower (Echinacea).

Lavender is a popular shrub and wonderful addition to any garden as it brings a heavenly scent, beautiful colour and ground coverage. It also has the ability to attract butterflies and bees in high quantity so this is another great choice if you long for a garden bursting with nature.

Visit your local Homebase store for our full range or browse selected Buddleja, Rudbeckia and Echinacea online, now.

Top tips:

  • Choose a range of plants to ensure that there is always something in bloom throughout the summer months.
  • Try to avoid using pesticides on your garden and these can harm butterflies and other useful bugs such as bees and ladybirds.
  • To encourage butterflies into a smaller garden or a courtyard, plant a dwarf Buddleja in a pot.

Companion plants:

There are lots of plants that will encourage butterflies to enjoy your garden but the following are particularly successful:

  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleja and others)
  • Ice Plant and Sedum
  • Cone Flower (Echinacea)
  • Rudbeckia varieties

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