Bees and butterflies love Echinacea

As the leaves fall off the trees, warm summer days may feel long behind you. However it is never too early to start thinking about what flowers to plant next spring to help attract bees and other pollinators. Whilst the ground is hard, your imagination can run wild, and now is the time to do some research.

When I think back to the various public and private gardens I visited in July though to September, there was always one tall flower that caught my eye. Beautiful, deep pink, tall and daisy like with an orange cone shaped centre. Bees and butterflies seemed to love it. I found out that the flower is Echinacea purpurea.

Perhaps you know this flower already, or have heard of it because you have taken Echinacea drops as a remedy for flu and colds. Plants are beautiful and within them are powerful remedies (and the bees seem to know it too).

I was not much of a gardener before getting interested in bees however, since then a whole new world has opened up to me. The beauty of nature and wildlife and an interest in planting things that attract pollinators. It is never to too late to start thinking about what you can do help attract butterflies and bees.

So for my garden next year I am planning on preparing a bed for a bundle of Echinacea flowers. Even if you have only a small space, wherever you are in the world, think about planting something that will help attract wildlife.