Bees and Butterflies

  • Agastache Blue Delight

    60-90cm. Upright plant with sweetly aromatic foliage, and spikes of deep lavender-blue flowers in summer which are attractive to bees etc.. Enjoys full or part sun in fairly well-drained soil. Dead-head to prolong flowering. Good cut flower. Self seeds a little.
  • Allium przewalskianum

    20cm. Fine foliage with heads of purple-pink flowers in summer. This bulb comes from Asia, and seems to flourish in well-drained soil in a sunny position.  Attracts bees & butterflies. Just a few bulbs available this year.
  • Allium senescens

    10 - 60cm. Dense heads of light purple-pink flowers, mid to late summer, attracting bees and butterflies. Fertile, well-drained soil, preferably in full sun. A well-behaved allium! For sunny well-drained areas.  Attracts bees & butterflies.  Bulb.
  • Allium senescens ssp. montanum var. glaucum

    20cm. Rosettes of slightly twisted, glaucous leaves, with rounded heads of mauve pink flowers later in summer. Well-drained soil in sun. Good for the rockery or front of border. Very attractive to butterflies. For sunny well-drained areas.  Attracts bees, butterflies etc.  Bulb.
  • Armeria juniperifolia AGM

    5 cms. Forms a neat, small dome of needle-like foliage, with deep pink buds, opening to light pink flowers on short stems, over a long period. Well-drained soil in sun. Good in a trough or raised bed.
  • Astrantia Buckland

    60cm. White flowers with pink centres for a long period in summer, over an attractive mound of foliage. Attractive to bees, butterflies etc, and good cut flowers.  They prefer fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade.
  • Chrysanthemum Daniel Cooper

    60-80cm. Sprays of single, rich mid-pink flowers are produced over several weeks from September onwards. Best in sun. A good cut flower. Attracts bees, butterflies etc.
  • Cymbalaria pallida

    5cm. Creeping stems with rounded, shiny green leaves, producing masses of lilac and white flowers, late spring to late summer. Sun or part shade. Attracts bees.
  • Dianthus Waithman’s Jubilee AGM

    20cm. A beautifully scented pink, flowering prolifically in summer. The single flowers have a dark pinky-red ground, with 2 clear pink 'eyes' on each petal.
  • Dicliptera sericea

    50cm. Felty grey leaves, with clusters of orange, tubular flowers through summer. Attracts bees etc. In its native home (Uruguay), it attracts humming birds, so maybe the Hummingbird Hawkmoth will like it? I live in hopes! Good in a container. Keep just frost-free in winter (although I've never tested its hardiness).
  • Geranium Little Gem

    10-15cm. Forms a low tidy mat of foliage, with deep magenta flowers over a long period in summer. Enjoys a well-drained soil in sun. Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Alpine/rock garden plant
  • Geranium Phillippe Vapelle

    30cm. Makes a neat mound of soft, blue-grey leaves, with large, bluish-purple, dark-veined flowers in summer. Well-drained soil in sun. For sunny well-drained areas.  Attracts bees, butterflies etc.
  • Geranium Pink Delight

    10-15cm. A low-growing plant, forming a neat mound covered with light pink flowers over a long period in summer. Grows in well-drained soil, in a sunny position. Attracts bees, etc. Chalk loving/tolerant For sunny well-drained areas Attracts bees, butterflies etc. Alpine/rock garden plant
  • Geranium sanguineum var striatum Compact Mottisfont Form

    10 x 30cm. This compact form flowers for months in summer, with pale pink, dark-veined flowers. It grows slowly, in well-drained, fertile soil in full sun.
  • Geranium Spinners

    90cm. Rich purple-blue flowers in summer. Fertile soil in sun or part-shade, not too dry. Cut back after flowering.
  • Geum Hill Top Beacon

    50-60cms. A continuous show of single and semi-double tangerine-orange flowers from early summer onwards. Dead-head for prolonged flowering, from April onwards, when it provides a good source of nectar for bees. Prefers a reasonably fertile soil, not too dry, probably best in part sun.
  • Lithodora zahnii Azureness

    30-50cm. An evergreen shrublet with pure bright blue flowers in spring, and sporadically through summer. Very attractive to bees. Requires very well-drained soil, and full sun.
  • Origanum Dingle Fairy

    15-20cm. Apple-green bracts with small pink-purple flowers, mid-late summer. Needs very well-drained soil. Suitable for a rock garden, border or pot culture. One of my favourites!
  • Origanum Kent Beauty

    Aromatic plant with trailing stems bearing heads of pale pink flowers in showy pink bracts. Very well-drained soil in sun. Good in a trough or container. Hardy in milder areas.
  • Origanum Pink Mist

    15-20cm. Aromatic golden foliage in spring and early summer, keeping its colour in sun or part shade. Pink flowers later in summer, when foliage becomes greener.  Attracts bees, butterflies etc.
  • Origanum scabrum ssp. pulchrum Newleaze

    30cm. Aromatic foliage with copious sprays of pink flowers mid-late summer, attracting bees etc. For sunny well-drained areas.
  • Origanum vulgare Aureum Crispum

    30 x 30cm. Crinkled, aromatic, golden foliage, with small pale pink or white flowers in summer. Best in part shade. Good culinary herb.
  • Sedum obtusifolium

    10-15cms. Fleshy rounded foliage forms an evergreen mat, with delightful sprays of starry pink-red flowers mid-late summer. Will trail over a wall or a pot too. Requires well-drained soil in a sunny spot. So far it has survived well with me, even being covered in snow for several days last year (2018).
  • Teucrium ackermanii AGM

    15cm. Shrubby plant, making a small mound of silver-grey foliage. In summer, produces scented, pink-purple flowers in rounded clusters, over several weeks, often re-blooming later. Requires well-drained soil in a sunny position. Good in a trough, raised bed etc.
  • Teucrium pyrenaiacum AGM

    5-7cm. Forms a mat of small, softly-hairy, green leaves, with heads of purple-hooded and creamy-white-lipped flowers over a long period in summer.  Well-drained soil in a trough or raised bed. Attracts bees, etc.


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