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 :-)
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.
2014 planning for perennial bed: Flowering quince, Chaenomeles - The flowers are cm diameter, with five petals, and are usually bright orange-red, but can be white or pink; flowering is in late winter or early spring. The fruit ripens in late autumn.