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Plant to support insects

How to plant

Plant in close, tightly spaced groups with a minimum of five plants per group.

Insects need easy access to flowers on different plants of the same species over short distances.

Flowers

Flowers that attract insect pollinators are usually white, pink or green, with lots of nectar and a strong scent.

They often have small, open flowers in clusters, allowing insects to easily reach the nectar.

Plants

Insects are attracted to multi-layered vegetation:

  • ground covers
  • shrubs
  • trees
  • climbers.

They like areas where there is mulch, bark and leaf litter. These areas help native animals feed on insects.

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