2. Welsh Poppy
4. Smooth Hawksbeard
Gardeners can make a big difference to bee conservation
Urban gardens are increasingly recognised for their potential to maintain or even enhance biodiversity. In particular, the presence of large densities and varieties of flowering plants supports a number of pollinating insects whose range and abundance has declined as a consequence of agricultural intensification and habitat loss... if native plants were to disappear completely from our towns and cities, the long-term survival of some of our common pollinators – like the 'garden bumblebee' – could be in jeopardy.
But there's plenty of room for exotic plants in British gardens
While the study found some species of bee relied on native plants, others actually preferred the exotic flowers. Variety is important. Dr Mike Hanley added:
By growing a variety of plants from around the world, gardeners ensure that a range of food sources is available for many different pollinators.