A major initiative has been launched by Rigby Taylor to help reverse the national decline in pollinating insects. In particular, a new mixture named Euroflor Banquet has been introduced to the amenity industry that contains the best species for pollinators, whilst delivering high performance flower displays.
The introduction of this mixture is the result of information obtained from independent research as detailed below and such collaborative work has led to the launch of Project Pollin-8.
Sowing different mixtures from the Pollin-8 range ensures a longer seasonal supply of nectar and pollen and a more diverse range of habitats whilst at the same time providing incredible flower displays!
Wildlife trusts, charities and the RHS all publish lists of recommended flowering plants to support habitats for bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and other pollinating insects. The strength and success of Euroflor flower mixtures is their suitability for a wide range of urban and rural landscapes, including street scenes, open spaces, recreational facilities, country estates and golf courses. This has been achieved through a combination of innovation, extensive mixture trials across the UK and Europe, workshops and site visits to provide technical support and practical advice and importantly, feedback from clients on performance.
*A national research programme on urban pollinators run by Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, & Reading Universities (2010-2013)
The most recent scientific research data published by the Urban Pollinators Group (UPG)* quantified the pollen and nectar of individual flower species in the Euroflor range, evaluating their contribution to diverse urban environments. It became clear that no one mix could meet the complex ecological demands of the diverse pollinator groups throughout the different stages in their life cycles; from early to late flowering, native and horticultural species, plants for egg laying, nectar for energy and pollen for protein.
To view any of the Project Pollin-8 mixes simply click on the name of the mix below
|Euroflor Mix||What it aims to do for pollinators||Includes|
|Banquet||A unique flower display mix, developed from university research results on nectar and pollen yields and the RHS and Bumble Bee Trust recommendations on plants, which are good for pollinators. A real banquet for bees, butterflies, hoverflies etc.||Oxeye Daisy, Cosmos, Cornflower, Californian Poppy,
Red Flax, Red& White Clover
|Cornfield Annuals||A mix reminiscent of traditional farmland meadows that support bountiful wild life and pollinating bees||Corncockle, Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Poppy, Nodding Catchflty|
|Endurance||Flowers that can survive in impoverished, shallow soils to provide an invaluable source of nectar and pollen||Pinks, Lavenders, Sage, Phlox, Thyme, California Poppy|
|Flora Britannica||Autumn or Spring sowing mix, composed of native and naturalised species of the UK and Ireland.||Black Medick, Viper’s Bugloss, Red Clover|
|Fragrant Lawn||Highly scented mix of species that will attract a wide range of pollinating insects||Pinks, Lavenders, Sage, Phlox, Thyme, Californian Poppy|
|Green Roof||Provides pollen-collecting opportunities from flowers that would not normally survive when growing in poor and shallow soils.||Pinks, Lavenders, Sage, Phlox, Thyme, Californian Poppy|
|Honey||A recognised and proven attractant of pollinating insects, and late flowering.||Borage, Cosmos, Baby’s Breath|
|Native Pollinators||Spring & Autumn, long lasting flowering display and pollen collecting opportunities||Wild Carrot, Kidney& Tufted Vetch, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Forget-me-not, Musk Mallow|
|Rainbow Annuals||A long-lasting flowering display through the summer months into autumn||English Marigold, Tickseed, China Aster|
|Rainbow Perennials||Perennial plants in this mix will start flowering from the following spring.||Oxeye Daisy, Blanket Flower, Cornflower|
|Spring Flower||An autumn sowing mix allowing flowers to be available for pollinators earlier in the year than spring sown mixes||Forget-me-not, Californian Poppy,|
|Super Blue Bee||A simple economic formula of 4 species that bees go wild for. Designed for pollinator utility rather than amenity it will help increase nearby fruit and vegetable yields byattracting more bees.||Borage, Purple Tansy, Cornflower, Vipers Bugloss|
|Tudor Scent||Highly scented. A selection of plants from Tudor times, recognized for their use in medicine, as dyes, garden herbs and flowers. Great for historical house gardens and country estates’||Safflower, Black Cumin, Dyers Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Comfrey, Chicory, Flax, Hissop|