What's not to like about nettles!
Urtica dioica - the humble stinging nettle is a wonder plant and every garden should have a patch.
Nettles in the garden
Stinging nettles support more than 40 kinds of insects, for whom the sting can form a protective shield against grazing animals.
Many nettle patches hold overwintering insects which swarm around fresh spring nettles and provide early food for ladybirds. These same aphids are eaten by blue tits and other woodland birds that dart around the stems. Nettles are the number one destination for ladybirds with eggs to