Plants for pollinators (for my garden!)

I'm trying to make my garden as wildlife friendly as possible. These plants are all good for encouraging and helping pollinators like honey bees and bumblebees, many of whom are in severe decline or in danger of exctinction in the UK. I love bumblebees so lots of these plants are particluarly aimed at them. By just planting a few of these we have already noticed an increase in the buglife in our garden :-)
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Top Ten Plants Every Wildlife Gardener Should Consider (BBC/UK) - If you'd love to see more wildlife in your garden, clever choices for your borders and herb patches can give nature a helping hand.

Top ten garden plants for wildlife

Blackbird on a plantpot list of thing to plant for wildlife garden.

Silene diocia - Red campion. Great for bumblebees and butterflies and several moths feed off the leaves.

Silene dioica (Red Campion) wild flower i remember picking as a kid from the meadow in melling. I knew it as ragged robin but i think thats a different flower.

Loincera periclymenum - Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum, The Common Honeysuckle Lonicera Periclymenum, also known as honeysuckle, common honeysuckle, European honeysuckle or woodbine is part of the caprifoliaceae family.

Lamium Purpurea - Red Dead nettle.  Loved by bumbles

red deadnettle, purple deadnettle, purple archangel, or velikdenche (Lamium purpureum) * Young plants have edible tops and leaves, used in salads or in stirfry as a spring vegetable. If finely chopped it can also be used in sauces.

Centaurea scabiosa - Greater knapweed.  Very valuble to bees and a magnet for butterflies.

Very valuble to bees and a magnet for butterflies.

Geranium pratense - Meadow Cranesbill

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Muscari Neglectum -  Grape hyacinth.  Another version, but all muscari are very useful plants.

Musk Hyacinth (Muscari Neglectum) has edible flowers and bulbs! The bulbs can be boiled and pickled (appetite stimulant and diuretic).

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