With butterfly and beneficial insect populations in serious decline, Mr Fothergill’s is focused on producing products that will help increase these populations to help keep them pollinating our crops far into the future.
Butterflies and beneficial insects play an essential role as pollinators in our gardens. They transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilising plants so they start forming fruits and seeds. Butterflies are sensitive to habitat and often indicate a healthy garden environment.
Unfortunately, many beneficial insects are under increasing threat due to pesticides, parasites, and climate change – but we can help them by using responsible gardening practices, planting flowers to attract them and providing them with shelter.
This Butterfly & Insect Sanctuary Kit contains a wooden sanctuary and a sachet of pollinator-friendly flower seeds to help attract butterflies and beneficial insects into your garden.
The seed mix is made up of the following varieties and covers approximately 2m2:
- Larkspur (Delphinium elatum)
- Aster (Callistephus chinensis)
- Candytuft (Iberis umbellata)
- Catmint (Nepeta racemosa)
- Lavender English (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Forget Me Not (Myosotis sylvatica)
- Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)
- Coneflower (Rudbeckia hirta)
- Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa atropurpurea)
- Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
- Bergamot (Monarda didyma)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Mexican Giant Hyssop (Agastache mexicana)
- Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
- Native Violet (Viola hederacea).
The kit is coated in a non-toxic lacquer/oil for protection making it weatherproof and safe for butterflies and other beneficial insects. The sanctuary is made of FSC timber, meaning it is responsibly sourced and eco-friendly.
How To Grow
To use, simply hook a piece of wire into the back loop of the sanctuary and attach it to a tree trunk or branch or simply place it amongst the garden.
Sowing your seeds:
- Prepare the chosen area for your seeds by turning or raking the soil until you have a good crumbly consistency, removing any stones and weeds as you go.
- Open the seed sachet and shake out the seeds thinly and evenly directly over the prepared area.
- Gently rake over the seedbed to lightly cover the seeds.
- Water well until the plants are established.
- Some perennial varieties may not flower until the second year.
- Once the flowers start to appear, butterflies and other beneficial insects will soon follow, and your garden will be a hive of activity!
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Dimensions: 16 x 28 x 10cm