lovegardening77 Posts: 332
Digging up 3/4 big lavenders. They've become woody, at least 6 years old, look awful now I've trimmed off the flowers and frankly I can't stand the smell of them! However, the bees loved them. What can I plant in its place that the bees will love, looks nice most of the year, on a south facing site that gets windy?? Any suggestions would be most welcome.????
How about agastache? mine grows and flowers prolifically in a south facing and exposed area. It's always got a variety of pollinators on it. The variety is Blue Boa
I agree with Agastache, they are my favourite. So many bees on my Blue Fortune & Black Adder this year but ensure good drainage. A particularly wet winter will rot them & they do struggle further up North.
or perovskia - seems to cope well with windy sites but does look like a dead stick in the depths of winter so needs a nice euonymus or some such alongside it
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Erysmium Bowles mauve if you want to keep the colour theme
I have salvia Blauhugel, comes up every year and the bees love it. Flowers for a lot longer than lavender. I can't remember where I bought it though. But there are other salvia nemorosa varieties.
I had some very woody lavender. I buried the roots of the whole plant quite deeply and it seems to be sprouting again. I have never succeded with taking normal cuttings, but the burying the whole plant seems to work. I am still not certain it will work but worth a try.
I wondering if it is because the old woody roots still have enough energy to power new shoots.
I am sure I heard this trick somewhere on this forum.
'You must have some bread with it me duck!'