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    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 the five best varieties from the range in our garden centre to attract insects into your Two Dales, Matlock garden.

    For butterflies:

    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

    For bees:

    Phacelia tanacetifolia: fuzzy smoke-blue flowers on dense foliage which bees find irresistible
    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

    For birds:

    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 in our Two Dales, Matlock garden centre for more information and advice about choosing annuals to attract wildlife.

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