Herbs are good for nectar including lavenders, primroses, aubretias
, bluebells and lungworts are good for early flowers.
For spring flowers, choose from aubretia
, grape hyacinth, primrose, sweet violet, wallflower and wood anemone.
She added that gardeners could help by growing birdsfoot trefoil, honesty, aubretia
, primroses and wallflowers in spring, and hemp agrimonies, cornflowers, Michaelmas daisies and Ice plants later in the year.
Take cuttings of rock plants such as aubretia
, thyme, phlox and dianthus.
After flowering, trip alpines such as mossy saxifrages and aubretia
to encourage fresh growth.
To keep basket-of-gold, candytuft, common aubretia
, moss pink, rockcress, and other low-growing, spring-blooming perennials full and compact, remove spent blooms and an inch or two of growth.
I also spied wonderful aubretia
(perfect for crawling through dry stone walls or rockeries), primula and Erysimum (wallflowers) all in purple and yellow which make cheerful displays.
Plantings originate from around the world and include an arboretum, herb garden, woodland and herbaceous borders, rock gardens, a water garden, Skimmia, Aubretia
and hardy fuchsia, and a series of glasshouses displaying temperate, tropical plants, alpines and succulents.
Take cuttings of aubretia
, hydrangea, hardy shrubs and pinks, root them in a cold frame with a tight-fitting lid and provide ventilation when the cuttings start showing signs of growth.
My own bees are looking good thankfully and it's great watching them feed on the early dandelions, heather and aubretia
in the garden.
Whilst marginal plants such as Zantedeschia and ligularia need a soil that is constantly moist, Mediterranean plants such as lavender, or alpines such as aubretia
will simply rot if sat in water.
So, if you have Alyssums, Iberis, Heuchera, hardy Geraniums or Aubretia
that have not had a good trim yet, now is a really good time to cut them back to remove old flowering stems and some of the older foliage - they will respond within a week or two.