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A garden without insects? Inconceivably! Especially since the private green in times of monocultures and surface sealing for the small flying artists is becoming increasingly important. In order to make them feel good, our community also focuses on diversity in their gardens - both in terms of plant species and the different flowering times.
There are numerous bloomers that are flown by bees and insects because they are a valuable food source and donate pollen and nectar. As the name implies, the bee lover (Phacelia) is one of them, but also lavender (Lavandula) or the small man litter (Eryngium planum) are popular bee pastures.
In addition to many other plants, lavender, coneflower (Echinacea) and herbs like thyme are the favorites of our community. In the garden of Tanja H. the thyme and the chives are in full bloom and are besieged by honey bees. Tanja likes to sit in the grass and just watch the hustle and bustle. In Birgit S. grows the basil 'Magic Blue', whose purple flowers are popular with bees and its spicy scented green leaves can be used in the kitchen.
The large flowers of the Red Sun Hat are an eye-catcher in the summer perennial flowerbed and at the same time an insect magnet
But not only large flowers like the sun hat attract insects. The inconspicuous flowers of the purple bell are also popular with them. Lisa W. has bought the leaf ornamental plant for the autumn planting and is amazed how many bees frolic on the tiny flowers in the spring.
The flowers of globular thistle attract butterflies, bees and bumblebees and are therefore also good in a natural garden
Butterflies and bees fly on globular thistles (Echinops). The up to one meter high perennial flowers from July to September, has attractive seeds and lures with a rich Nektarangebot.
Helga G. replanted the insect friendly bed from the May issue of MEIN. These include, for example, Meadow Margarites, Raublatt Aster, Bergaster, Bergminze, Caucasus Cranesbill, Red Coneflower and Fetthenne. Although most, as Helga G. says, are not yet blooming, their garden humming and buzzing is great.
The painted lady is attracted by the flowers of the verbena
Very high in the course of the insect-friendly plants stands in our community still the summer lilac (Buddleja), which is not in vain also called butterfly lilac. Butterflies are attracted by its nectar-rich, fragrant flowers that open in the summer, almost magical.
At Sonja G. soon the flowers of the wild rose 'Maria Lisa' will again attract many bees and bumblebees and in the autumn many small rosehips will be offered as food for the birds.
Problem filled flowers
Many gardens have plenty of flowers to offer, but these are often useless for nectar collectors such as bumblebees, bees, hoverflies and butterflies: In the densely filled flowers of many roses, peonies and other bedding plants, the insects do not reach the nectar. In some species, the nectar production has been bred out in favor of the flower structure. Simple flowers with just a wreath of petals and accessible flower center, on the other hand, are ideal. Incidentally, many perennial nurseries feature plants that are interesting as nectar sources for insects. The selection of attractive perennials is large.
Did you know that…
... there are 17 million gardens in Germany? This corresponds to around 1.9 percent of the land area - and the total area of all nature reserves. The gardens, if designed in a natural way, form an important network of green islands and habitats. Researchers have already detected around 2,500 animal species and 1,000 wild plants in gardens.