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
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.
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
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
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.