Planting for Pollinators is an easy-to-use gardening guide to help you encourage different types of insect pollinators into your garden.
Insect pollinators not only bring joy to our gardens, they also provide an essential service for our planet. Without bees, flies, hoverflies, butterflies, moths and beetles, some of our favourite foods, flowers and plants would cease to exist.
Whether you have a large garden, an urban balcony or just a window box, planting to encourage pollinators is a fantastic and surprisingly easy first step in creating a wildlife-friendly space. Planting for Pollinators features a wide range of plants, with guidance on the best ways to nurture lawns and verges, pollinator predation and tips on watching and photographing wildlife. Beautifully illustrated throughout with images from award-winning wildlife photographer Heather Angel, this essential guide will show you how plants communicate with insects, and why it's so important to protect our pollinators.
Organised by season and featuring more than 100 plant species – including bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and climbers – this practical guide will help you to discover the short- and long-term benefits of having a variety of pollinators visit your garden.
Parts of a flower
What is pollination?
Types of pollination
Why pollinators and flowers need each other
How flowers communicate with pollinators
Rewards and pseudo-rewards
Looking at lawns
The decline of pollinators
Redressing the balance
Choosing Plants for Pollinators
Native versus alien flowers
Pollen load colours
Into the future
Further reading and resources
Heather Angel is an award-winning wildlife photographer and writer. She has a degree in Zoology, an MA in Marine Ecology and a passion for floral structure and pollination mechanisms. Heather tutors photo workshops, manages her image library – Natural Visions – and is a prolific writer. Her first book, Nature Photography: Its Art and Techniques, was published in 1972. Heather was President of the Royal Photographic Society and founder chair of the RPS Nature Group. She has been a Visiting Professor at Nottingham University since 1994. Major solo exhibitions of her work have been shown in London, India, China, Malaysia and Egypt.