I’ve just read an article in the RHS magazine ‘The Garden’ January 2014, whereby they comment upon a survey of 32 commonly grown summer-flowering plants (researched at University of Sussex) which have a one-hundredfold variation in attractiveness to their pollinators! Agastache, Nepeta, Origanum & Lavender were rated highly!
But – apparently the Lavender x intermedia types were much more attractive than angustifolia or the French Stoechas! Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Nepeta was the best loved by the bees!
It also doesn’t appear to matter whether the plants were natives, hybrids or cultivars – Â the openness of the flowers are the main attraction! Â Check out the website for more info. and help keep the bees buzzing for many more years to come! Â Â Â Â www.rhs.org.uk/perfectforpollinators