Perennial plants for attracting wildlife
Shop our range of the best perennial plants for attracting wildlife into your garden, perfect for creating an outdoor space that’s teeming with bees, butterflies, hoverflies, other beneficial insects and small birds. Developing a wildlife friendly garden is not only good ecologically but also gives you the opportunity to watch wildlife up close at your leisure, improves pollination of your fruit and vegetable garden, such as apples, strawberries and tomatoes, and helps keep unwanted pests at bay. Many perennials have nectar-rich flowers, providing essential food for our favourite insects. A mix of bright flowers in shades of red, orange, purple, pink or yellow with different shapes works best. Choose a range of plants that flower at different times from early spring to late autumn to sustain insects through the seasons. Fully double flowers are generally best avoided as the interior petals make it difficult for insects to access the stamen and these flowers tend to be low in nectar and pollen. Some of the best varieties are achillea, agapanthus, aster, Astrantia, delphinium, foxglove, echinacea, geraniums, hemerocallis, red hot poker, lupines, phlox, salvia, sedums and veronica.