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I have an area in my garden of approx 3mx1m which I never know what to plant/use it for.

I would like to make it a haven for insects/bees etc but done really know what to plant or do with it

Can anyone give me some advice on what to plant here

many thanks


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    For sensible suggestions we'd need to know about the soil and aspect.

    A buddleia surrounded by marjoram would be good. Lavender, 

    But if you've got heavy clay and a shady spot, not so good. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I dont have heavy clay, and it gets the sun from about mid morning until early evening.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    the plants I mentioned would do OK then. herby type plants are good. Avoid double flowers, no use to insects. A lot of GCs are now labelling plants that are good for bees and you can buy annual mixes of seeds for bees.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Many thanks for this, i will get down the GC and see what I can find.

    I have a herb garden with a few things in them so hopefully that is doing its bit already

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,986

    I have marjoram and it's alive with insects when in flower.If you want something for early in the year, some snowdrops,(buy now, in the green) and pulmonaria are very popular with my bees

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • EssesiaEssesia Posts: 1

    Having a pile of leaves or dead/dying wood in a shady spot is a good way of attracting insects.

  • Mark-EMark-E Posts: 182

    I put a load of wooden logs around my compost bin last year and it seems to be insect heaven this year. I have found lavender attracts lots if bumble bees, although i have 2 verieties, only one seems to attract the bees (might be because of the oocation).

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

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