Annuals for wildlife
One of the best things about having a garden packed with annual flowers is that it's also full of wildlife. Butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects like hoverflies adore open yearly flowers. Fill your garden with annuals for wildlife and help the biodiversity in your garden. Also, birds will be hot on their heels after the prominent, generous seedheads. Find annuals for wildlife in our garden centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire, and start weeding, raking, sowing and enjoying annuals and wildlife!
Here's our pick of the best varieties from the wide range in our garden centre to attract insects into your Trowbridge - Wiltshire garden. Don't be scared to get pricked by insects. If you have a garden full of flowers, insects will go for the flowers and leave you alone. If not, stay calm and walk away gently. Never slap the insects, they will get mad and go after you. Help increasing biodiversity
What plants are suitable for attracting wildlife?
Most people don't want to create a wildlife-friendly garden, because they think they have to turn their beloved organised garden into a wild jungle. You don't have to turn your garden into a forest for it to be wildlife-friendly. All it needs is suitable plants and gardening methods.
Annuals for butterflies
Butterflies are beautiful, but how do you make sure butterflies fly into your garden instead of your neighbours'? At Trowbridge, we have a wide range of garden plants that are attractive to butterflies. Try these annuals and watch butterflies enjoying your garden.
- Marigolds (Calendula officinalis): cheery orange flowers which are adored by butterflies
- Honesty (Lunaria annua): lots of pure, open pink or white flowers butterflies can reach easily
- Stocks (Matthiola): the scent of these cottage-garden favourites attracts butterflies in from miles around
Annuals for bees
Grow nectar-laden flowers for the bees. These insects are diminishing frighteningly fast, and without bees to pollinate our food crops, the world will lose a third of its food. So, start planting these annuals and attract bees, honey!
- Phacelia tanacetifolia: fuzzy smoke-blue flowers on dense foliage which bees find irresistible
- Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus): choose native blue types, and they'll be smothered in bees
- Forget-me-not (Myosotis): these late-spring arrivals provide much-needed early nectar for emerging bees.
Annuals for birds
Some annuals are birds' favourite, and we understand why. Enjoy the beautiful head of sunflowers, the unusual shape of teasels. Birds love colours and annuals, so start sowing annuals for birds.
- Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus): leave old sunflower heads in place for upside-down bluetits to feast on
- Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena): architectural seedheads provide valuable food for birds
- Teasels (Dipsacus fullonum): biennial, flowering in its second year, goldfinches adore spiky teasel heads
Please ask the staff in our Trowbridge - Wiltshire garden centre for more information and advice about choosing annuals to attract wildlife.