A Sample


Tufted Vetch – Viccia cracca – will climb and cover an unsightly tree stump – a mass of blue flowers: long lasting, late summer to autumn, loved by bees and suchlike – adaptable so full sun or partial shade – will tolerate drier ground.


Knapweed – Centaura scabiosa – can grow to a metre tall with many bright flower heads on a single plant – covered with bees and other insects throughout each summer – grows almost anywhere!


Giant Bellflower – Campanula latifolia – can reach splendid heights so great for the middle or back of any wild or cultivated border – a woodland plant so will grow in shadier as well as more open spots…and in most soils, even clay.

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Deptford Pink – Dianthus armeria – exquisite, deep pink, small flowers on dinner plate sized plant – can grow to a foot tall – listed as rare – once established can seed itself readily and appear next year between paving slabs, in rocky or clay beds…


Yellow Pimpernel – Lysimachia nemora – provides dense, lush ground cover with almost evergreen leaves and a myriad of bright yellow flowers from spring to autumn – found in woodland so shade tolerant – in gardens will grow in dry conditions.


Devil’s Bit Scabious – Succisia pratensis – can grow to a striking height in damper areas of the garden – a good one for hoverflies which love the pom-pom flower heads – full sun to partial shade for this one.


Ragged Robin – Lychnis flos-culi – another one for damper parts – has beautiful, lacey flowers on upright stems which grow to adult knee height – flowers can even appear after the first frost – partial shade tolerant.


Betony – Betonica officinalis – can be stunningly successful whether planted in the ground or a terracotta patio pot – seems to thrive everywhere: full sun or dry shade – favoured by bees, hoverflies and the like – erect stems, attractive flowers and crinkly leaves make this a popular plant with us too.


Toadflax – Linaria vulgaris – the native snapdragon or antirrhinum and very easy to grow – another bee favourite – a good one for drier wall-beds and sunny ground – flowers from mid summer ’til after the first frost – a plant with poise.


Lady’s Bedstraw Galium verum – traditionally used to fill mattresses – the Virgin Mary is said to have given birth to Jesus, lying on a bed of this straw – a plant which provides ground cover and a wonderful, delicate, sweet scent – will seed itself naturally between paving cracks and the like.


Rock Rose – Helianthemum nummularium – as name suggests, a lovely one for the rockery, or other sunny spot – flowers a deep cream with seemingly endless buds appearing – dry-soil-tolerant.


Field Scabious – Knautia arvensis – bees spend the entire summer visiting the multiple flowers on each plant – the buzzing has to be heard to be believed – will grow in most positions: full sun or partial shade.


Wild Chamomile – Chamaemulum nobile – one each planted in two small patio pots…deck chair, one foot up on each, evening sunshine, glass of wine – who needs expensive foot spas?! One of the very few wildflower plants which do require richer compost and full or partial sun though will grow in drier soil.


Kidney Vetch – Anthyllis vulneraria – flowers go on forever for this one – food plant for the (increasingly rare) ‘common’ blue butterfly – full sun or partial shade and some moisture required.

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Meadow SaxifrageSaxifraga granulata – dainty flowers appear spring to early summer – A.K.A. ‘Pretty Maids’ and a lovely bee plant – partial shade and will tolerate drier soil.

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Viper’s BuglossEchium vulgare – flowers from May to September and can thrive on even drier, sandy or chalky ‘bald’ patches – the food plant of several bee and butterfly species – can grow to graceful heights.


Night Flowering Catchfly – Silene noctiflora – stems have tiny, fly trapping hairs – flowers an unusual colour and smell wonderful when open in the evening, hence a good one for the moths – plants love a bit of shade.

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Lesser Periwinkle – Vinca minor – can be evergreen and flower in both spring and autumn – a plant skilled at smothering weeds and grows in even deep shade…and in most soils, including clay.