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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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 Honeysuckle, European honeysuckle "scent is stronger at night"

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.

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).

Berberis darwinii- Barberry.  Flowers are loved by bees and the berries are eaten by birds.

Berberis (barberry shrub hedge) - tolerate pruning well, spring or fall

Chaenomeles -  Flowering Quince.  Gorgeous red early flowering shrub

Japanese quince--flowering shrub blooms in late winter, early spring--blooming now in RVA

Yes I know it's not a plant but it is for pollinators! A shelter for bumblebees, ladybugs and other useful insects.

Yes I know it's not a plant but it is for pollinators! A shelter for bumblebees, ladybugs and other useful insects.

Achillea millefolium - Common Yarrow. Very pretty white flowers that bees love.

The OFFICIAL "Weeds for Feed" Thread (Rabbits)- great site for *foraging* for bunny food!

Colchicum autumnale - Autumn Crocus. Good source for late pollen and nectar.

Colchicum autumnale Luc Viatour - Colchicum autumnale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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