The Secret Gardener

Snowy oak leaf

Dig It - January Tips From The Secret Gardener

January is an easy month to help butterflies and moths in the garden. Many species will be taking shelter until temperatures start to rise so leave leaf litter and postpone pruning to protect eggs, caterpillars and crysalises.

Small Tortoiseshell on Heather

Dig it – November's tips from the Secret Gardener

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.


Dig It – April Tips from the Secret Gardener

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.

fritillaries on umbellifer

Dig It – March tips from the Secret Gardener

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.


Dig It – February Tips from the Secret Gardener

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

Dig It – January Tips from the Secret Gardener

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.

Comma and hawk-moth on buddleia

Dig It - September Tips From The Secret Gardener

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.

Puss moth caterpillar

Dig It – August Tips From The Secret Gardener

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.

Small White on Bowles Mauve

Dig It – July Tips From The Secret Gardener

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.

Container gardening

Dig It – May Tips from the Secret Gardener

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.