Holly is one of the plants most strongly associated with Christmas, but it is also a useful resource for butterflies and moths...
Heather is an attractive, evergreen shrub that can bring colour to your garden all year-round. It's also a useful nectar source for butterflies and moths and the foodplant of several caterpillars.
Create a bulb lasagne for butterflies by layering bulbs in a container. Follow the Secret Gardeners recommendations and your plants will flower in succession from February to July.
Seed harvesting is a cost effective way of preserving and increasing your stock of plants. Any surplus can be shared or swapped with friends or family.
The Secret Gardener takes a look at what's available in garden centres this month for some last-minute, low maintenance, butterfly-friendly gardening.
Despite their exotic looks, Hawk-moths and their caterpillars don't have particularly fancy tastes. Most of their food plants are commonly found in gardens.
You might not associate a garden rockery with butterflies and moths but actually the hot and dry microhabitat, with well-drained soil, can offer conditions suitable for some great nectar plants.
The large, flat, flower heads, which give Umbellifers their name (think umberella), sit atop tall stems, providing excellent perches for butterflies and moths in need of nectar.
Plant the right pollinator-friendly seeds now and you could also benefit. The Secret gardener introduces some plants that provide nectar for butterflies and moths and are also suitable to cut for flower arranging.
Witch Hazel is one of few January flowering shrubs. It will provide nectar when little else is available and its star-like blooms add a bright burst of colour in a pale winter landscape.
The Secret Gardener suggests a potted Christmas tree that can go out in the garden after the festivities are over, and provide a meal for moths.
Cheerful sedums are a delightful addition to an autumn garden. Their bright pink flowers and succulent green, grey or purple leaves light up the flowerbeds.
Known as the Butterfly Bush, Buddleia is one of the best plants to grow for butterflies, moths and other pollinators but it must be managed to prevent it spreading across sensitive natural habitats.
Gardeners might traditionally view caterpillars as pests but our Secret Gardener is happy to nurture the babies of a butterfly at the expense of a few leaves that will grow back.
July is a great time to sit out and enjoy the rewards of your gardening efforts. Many plants will be in full bloom, providing a feast for the eyes as well as a nectar buffet for butterflies and other beneficial insects.
Foxgloves are shrouded in folklore but they bring more than enchantment into your garden.
Give butterflies a warm welcome even in the smallest of spaces with container gardening. Plant pots up now and they will be in full flower for the Big Butterfly Count.
The Secret Gardener reminds us that moths need nectar too and recommends some seeds to plant this spring in preparation for Moth Night 2015.
Providing nectar for spring's early arrivals will get your garden off to a flying start.
The cherry blossom season is short but the flowers provide vital early nectar for the few butterflies and moths to be found in gardens and parks in March and April.
It might not be the best month for butterflies but you can still help the conservation cause by turning your hand to birds instead...
Ivy is believed to have magical properties but it has also been proven to have more practical qualities for wildlife - especially in winter.
Gardens can act as important stepping stones between nature reserves and other natural habitat by offering abundant supplies of nectar for butterflies and moths. So, what about hedges...
The nectar-rich flowers of alliums will attract butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Now is the perfect time to plant them for a lovely spring display.
There should still be plenty of plants in flower in your garden, providing nectar for butterflies, moths and bees.
You might struggle to find space in your garden for any more plants at this time of year but squeezing in a couple of containers with plants to provide late summer nectar is worthwhile.
The Secret Gardener suggests some plants to add to your garden to attract moths in for Moth Night.
Many wildflowers grow well in the boggy areas surrounding the pond or on the slopes at its edge. The Secret Gardener shares some of the best species to transform your water feature into a magnet for moths and butterflies.
Fill your borders with the right plants and seeds this month and you could be rewarded with butterflies all summer long.