updated 21st february 2013
by Angela Lambert
Enviromat are proud to announce that the Royal Horticultural Society has given us permission to associate Enviromat sedum matting with the RHS Perfect for Pollinators logo.
Pollinating insects are in decline
The number of pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths has been in decline for at least 50 years. In that time, at least 2 species of bee have become extinct and according to a recent study conducted by the Zoological Society of London, Bumblebees, beetles and butterflies are at greater risk of extinction than lions and tigers.
A pollinator is a creature that transfers pollen from one plant to another, allowing flowers to become fertilized and able to produce seeds or fruit. Around 1/3 of the food we eat has been produced with the aid of a pollinating insect….so they’re awfully important.
The problem for these creatures is that they cannot feed solely on our food crops. That would be like us relying on food shops that only open during May and June.
The RHS have recognized the importance of pollinators, not just for food and farming but for ecology, biodiversity and the environment in general, and so they have compiled a list of plants that are good for gardens and good for insects too.
Enviromat is made up of several species of sedum plants and one early-flowering native plant called Meadow Saxifrage. Bees and butterflies adore sedum plants because the flowers are flat, star shaped and really easy to collect pollen and nectar from. Enviromat, which is great for low maintenance groundcover and for creating living roofs, contains a mixture of sedums to give a nice long flowering period. Weather permitting; Enviromat will be a source of nectar between April and November, which means of course, that it’s perfect for pollinators.