We have a mixture of British Native and Ornamental plants at Stockley Park, and with the gorgeous weather and onset of Spring, we have had a colour explosion of flowers. Please see below some pictures taken of our Flower Power by Landscape Manager Adam Tamplin.
Ornamental plants can significantly support the Biodiversity in our green spaces and work alongside our native species in providing early spring pollen sources invertebrates, vegetation cover, and evergreen winter protection.
The snippet below is from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Plants for Bugs Project:
“Near-native (northern hemisphere) – and exotic (southern hemisphere) plants also have a positive role to play in providing a habitat for invertebrates, offering good evergreen winter cover and supporting pollinators when in flower. Many gardens are already important habitats for invertebrates, but this research helps refine the advice given to gardeners wanting to maximise their garden’s potential and support declining invertebrates.”
Please visit www.rhs.org.uk for more information on Research Projects and ways for you to enjoy your green spaces responsibly during this difficult time. You might also like to get involved with some of their community projects when it is safe to do so.
Vinca minor – Lesser Periwinkle (left) And Vinca Major – Greater Periwinkle (right)
Vinca is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia. The plants are low growing but grow quickly, so they are excellent refuges and ground cover for invertebrates and small mammals in UK Gardens.