Shortlisted flowers for Cheshire are lady's smock
and cow bane and for Lancashire red rose and bee orchid.
There might be a damp area you want to use, in which case choose flowers that thrive in bogs and damp ditches like marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), the lesser celandine (Rununculus ficaria), lady's smock
(Cardamine pratensis), figwort (Scrophularia nodosa) or meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria).
For caterpillars plant sweet rocket, honesty, lady's smock
for orange tips, holly or ivy for holly blues, nasturtium for large and small whites or sorrel for small copper butterflies.
Like the very small type of lady's smock
he found growing by the side of the river Usk, Abergavenny, Trevor thinks they have escaped from private gardens.
It lays its eggs on crucifers, such as honesty, lady's smock
South of Formby, Gary found plenty of cow parsley, but also the beautiful white flowers of star of Bethlehem, lady's smock
, marsh marigold and thread-leaved water crowfoot.
Marsh or marginal plants: Marsh marigold, purple loosestrife, ragged-robin, lady's smock
, meadow sweet.
, or cuckooflower, will attract the orange tip butterfly, which lays its eggs on the leaves of this common plant.
Grow bird's foot trefoil, nettle and lady's smock
as food plants for caterpillars.
Some might be thought too weed-like for gardens but vetches, clovers, knapweed, teasel, field scabious, hemp agrimony, lady's smock
and mallow make an impressive wild garden collection.