Annuals for wildlife
One of the best things about having a garden packed with annual flowers is that it's also full of wildlife. Butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects like hoverflies adore open annual flowers: birds will be hot on their heels after the big, generous seedheads.
Here's our pick of some of the best varieties from the range in our garden centre to attract insects into your Northallerton garden.
Marigolds (Calendula officinalis): cheery orange flowers which are adored by butterflies
Honesty (Lunaria annua): lots of simple, open pink or white flowers butterflies can reach easily
Stocks (Matthiola): the scent of these cottage-garden favourites attracts butterflies in from miles around
Lavender: we have fully hardy English lavender including Munstead and Hidcote, or try some frilly French too!
Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus): choose native blue types and they'll be smothered in bees
Forget-me-not (Myosotis): these late-spring arrivals provide much-needed early nectar for emerging bees
Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus): leave old sunflower heads in place for upside-down bluetits to feast on
Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena): architectural seedheads provide valuable food for birds
Teasels (Dipsacus fullonum): biennial, flowering in its second year, goldfinches adore spiky teasel heads
Please ask the staff at Whitegates Nursery for more information and advice about choosing annuals to attract wildlife.