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When planting this year please think about the needs of pollinators, bees, butterflies, etc.. Many of these insects are struggling to survive and with modern agriculture our gardens are becoming more and more important to them. Many summer bedding plants provide nothing to insects and you may as well have plastic flowers in your beds. Try always to buy single flowers rather than doubles as many insects cannot get to the nectar and pollen in doubles, if there is any at all. Below are a number of perennial plants that will provide nectar and pollen for insects and they will grow repeatedly every year. You can check out our website for a much more detailed list of flowers that provide food to the insect populations.


Try also to develop a little wildflower patch in your garden. If you dont continually mow a section of your lawn but only cut it in April and September you will give whatever wildflowers that are in the soil a chance to grow. When you cut it in September leave the cut grass on the lawn for a week or so and shake it when removing it to spread whatever seeds are in it on the ground to ensure more flowers next year. It may take three years to properly establish a wildflower patch but this can be speeded along by doing a wildflower seed harvest nearby. Wildflowers grow in roadside ditches, woods and in fields that are not regularly mown and you can collect some seed and put it in your patch around October for growing the following summer. These types of wildflowers are the most beneficial to bees and butterflies.


Below are a few suggestions for flowers that you might plant this Summer instead of for example Begonias and Busy Lizzies.


 

Campanula Carpatica

Bellflower

 

Clarkia Elegans

 


Rudbeckia Fulgida

Orange Coneflower


 


Telekia Speciosa

Heartleaf Oxeye


 


Coreopsis Lanceolata
Lanceleaf Coreopsis

 

Veronica Longifolia

Speedwell




 

Knautia Macedonica

Scarlett Crimson

 


Helenium Moerheim Beauty


 


Echinacea Purpurea

Purple Coneflower


 


Eryngium Tripartitum

Sea Holly


 


Gaillardia Grandiflora

Blanketflower


 


Hyssopus Officinalis

Hyssop


 


Inula Ensifolia

Swordleaf Inula


 


Leucanthemum Superbum

Shasta Daisy


 


Poached Egg Plant


 


Malva moschata

Musk mallow


 


Polemonium Caeruleum

Jacobs Ladder


 


Sidalcea Malviflora

  Checkerbloom


 

Verbena Bonariensis

Purple Top


Tanacetum Vulgare

Tansy