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Urban Gardens could play an important role in Butterfly Conservation



Gardens can play an important role in increasing the population and spread of some of our native and migrant butterfly species.

We are encouraged to use far less chemicals in the garden, and switch to more organic methods, like composting, and the use of natural fertilizers for our plants and vegetables, these changes can help to create a safer environment for us and our wildlife.


Orange-tip Butterflies may be seen in gardens from early Spring


These planted areas create what is known as a Green Corridor, allowing the movement of butterflies and other insects and wildlife through urban environments.

There are wildlife friendly plants and seed kits available to create a butterfly garden, and give things a great start.

Peacock Butterflies seen in Gardens Spring and Mid Summer

How…


Setting aside an area of the garden how ever big or small, for a selection of easy maintenance Flowers, or Shrubs, like Buddleia, Wild Marjoram (oregano), some Meadow Grasses maybe a few Nettles, will encourage butterflies and moths as well as other beneficial insects like Ladybirds and Hoverflies into the garden.



Common Blue Butterfly

Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

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Fill your Garden beds and borders with this bargain collection of 72 herbaceous hardy perennials from Thompson & Morgan.

Perennial plants bloom year after year, and many can also be cut and brought into the house for beautiful flower arrangements.

72 plugs – 6 of each variety listed belowPrice: £17.99
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Perennials Collection 72plugs

Thompson & Morgan Perennial Collection

Height: Up to 150cm (60″). Spread: 75cm (30″). Flowering Period: May, June, July, August, September Position: full sun, sun or semi shade
Perennial Collection A + B comprises of 6 of each variety:
  • A. Coreopsis ‘Presto’ – Neat, compact plants bear golden-yellow, semi-double flowers all summer long.
  • B. Echinacea ‘Magic Box’ – A stunning mix of daisy flowers and spectacular garden performance.
  • C. Scabiosa ‘Blue Jeans’ – Blue pincushion flowers attract bees and butterflies throughout summer.
  • D. Foxglove ‘Dalmatian Peach’ – Peachy trumpet flowers crowd sturdy, upright stems.
  • E. Poppy ‘Pizzicato’ Mixed – A neat semi dwarfing variety, producing up to 20 large flowers per plant.
  • F. Silene ‘Jack Flash’ – Scarlet blooms carried on elegant, slender stems over a long period.
  • G. Aquilegia ‘Swan’ Mixed – Long flowering, large blooms on upright, multi-branched stems.
  • H. Lavender ‘Munstead’ – A neat, compact variety of fragrant English lavender.
  • I. Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ – Glossy, semi-evergreen purple leaves provide year round colour.
  • J. Delphinium ‘Pacific Giants’ – Excellent adding structure and presence to the back of borders.
  • K. Gaillardia ‘Arizona’ – A spectacular dwarf Blanket Flower with a long-flowering period.
  • L. Carnation ‘Ever-blooming Mixed’ (Hardy) – Richly fragrant blooms that are ideal for cutting.
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Wild Primrose (Primula vulgaris) in Woodland and Gardens

 

A low growing early Spring perennial, with pale yellow flowers with orange/yellow centres, on slender hairy stems varying in size up to around 25cm long seen from February to May.

The leaves are in a rosette, arranged around the base of the flower stems.

Common and widespread throughout many areas, wild Primroses can often found growing in, open woodland or under hedgerows, and even on, Roadside verges and Embankments. They are also a popular plant in many gardens across the UK .

Early wildflowers like Primroses are a good nectar source for Butterflies, Bees and many other insects in early spring. It is also a primary larval food plant for one of the UK’s rarest Butterflies the Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina).

Wild Primrose flowers and leaves

Wild Primrose flowers and leaves

Wild Primrose (Primula vulgaris) flowering in woodland

Primrose (Primula vulgaris) flowering in woodland

grow Primula vulgaris from seed

Grow Common Primrose (Primula vulgaris) from seed, they are available from Thompson & Morgan, for more information Visit Thompson & Morgan Here

Plant Information

  • Name: Wild Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
  • Species: Primula
  • Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Also Known As: English primrose
  • Grow from Seed: Easy
  • Where: Common and Widespread through-out Britain
  • Habitat: Often found on – Woodland, Shaded Meadows, Embankments, Roadside verges and Gardens.
  • When does it flower? February to May.
  • Fruiting: n/a.
  • Height around: 25cm.
  • Larval Food Plant: Duke of Burgundy Butterfly
  • Other well known Primula Varieties: Cowslips (primula veris)
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