Attract butterflies into your garden

The easiest way is to grow the plants that butterflies like buddlejas, lavenders, marjorams and thyme. But also think of where they have spent the winter.

February is often the last cold month of the winter. Soon insects will begin to emerge. Many will have over-wintered safe from harsh weather and the attentions of hungry predators thanks largely to a single common garden plant – ivy.

The vigorous growth of Ivy, along with the density of its leaves means it offers nature’s version of insect high-rise apartments. Species like the beautiful brimstone butterfly hibernate here before emerging to bring early springtime colour into our lives.

So before you clear that ivy off the garage wall or from around that fence post, think about whose winter home you might be disturbing, and consider planting an ornamental ivy to grow up a trellis.