These plants provide food for many different butterflies and moths, and grow well in containers. Try one in your Wild Space.
Easy to grow from seed, these bright and attractive plants are the foodplant of Large and Small White caterpillars. You can also add their flowers and peppery leaves to salads.
The purple flowers of this fragrant shrub are excellent sources of nectar for many species, and the leaves are eaten by caterpillars of the Scalloped Oak moth.
Winter-flowering heathers are especially valuable pit stops for butterflies and moths flying in the colder months, when other flowers can be scarce. The leaves are also food for the caterpillars of the Magpie Moth and the Holly Blue butterfly.
This cheerful, yellow flower is drought-tolerant and feeds over 45 different species of butterfly and moth. Adults can sup nectar from the flowers and many types of caterpillars eat the leaves and flowers.
Flowering in summer and autumn, this plant is very popular with pollinators and likes well-drained soil.
This relative of the Bluebell produces small spikes of blue flowers in spring and is a good source of nectar for early-flying butterflies and moths.
Onions, garlic and other Alliums produce globe-shaped flowerheads on long stems, which provide nectar for a range of butterflies and moths in the late spring and summer.
The variety known as “Bowles Mauve” flowers through the spring and into summer, providing nectar for a whole host of pollinators, and is highly recommended.
Bugle grows wild in the UK and is a valuable source of nectar for pollinators, including butterflies and moths. Garden varieties, known as Ajuga, usually flower in late spring and early summer and can be similarly beneficial.
Amongst the spikes of these dramatic plants are hundreds of tiny flowers, each of which contain nectar for pollinators. They thrive in poor, dry soils and are perfect for pots.