Flower borders

 

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We think it’s really important to have a border of flowers to attract butterflies, bee and other pollinating insects.

Here are some of the plants we have in our flower borders.

Rozanne – Geranium

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The geranium ‘Rozanne’ was announced as the RHS plant of the centenary and it’s easy to see why. Simply, it’s an extraordinarily beautiful plant. It’s a fully hardy perennial that flowers for months. It produces masses of papery violet-blue saucer shaped flowers from May through to late October.

‘Munstead’ Lavender

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Lavender not only attracts both bees and butterflies, it looks and smells amazing. The flowers can be harvested to make lavender bags or in my case, I cook with it.

‘Munstead’ lavender is named after Gertrude Jekyll’s garden at Munstead Woods. It’s a fully hardy compact lavender with fragrant blueish purple flowers. It adds a stunning splash of colour from July through to late September.

Scabiosa Perfeca Alba – White scabious

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I love this plant, it’s pretty flowers seem to float on the end of tall stalks. The white scabious has large, frilly petalled, flowers and is long-flowering, typically from June may be through to October. It attracts butterflies and pollinating insects.

Erigeron Karvinskianus – Mexican Fleabane

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This is a herbaceous hardy perennial that forms a mat across the ground. It has pretty little pinky-purple and white daisy like flowers. Again it’s long-flowering, flowering from May until October.

We are yet to create a flower border on the Orchard plot, but plan to do that within the next few weeks.

 

Posted in Allotment Journal, Flowers

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