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Looking for plant advice please


Just looking for a bit of advice.  Me and my partner have just bought our first house and I'm starting to plant in the garden.

One thing that I really want to do is plant bee friendly flowers. I have pets, so I also need pet friendly ones.

My go to was lavender, but my partner hates the smell. Can someone please give me advice on what to plant that is similar to lavender?




  • bullfinchbullfinch Posts: 640
    I have cat mint (nepeta) and hardy salvias. The bees love those.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,932
    Have a look at the hardy salvias ... happy in free draining soil in the sun
    snd always loved by bees

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thank you both! I will check them out :)
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,065
    A plant with similar requisites to Lavender is Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) ; personally plants like this are usually of no interest to myself , but the flowers on these can be such a shade of blue as to be quite appealing .
  • InglezinhoInglezinho Posts: 568
    Insects in general go for plants with a blue or purple tinge. Avoid white. Go with the flow.... Good luck - Ian
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,938
    Strange how bees go for somethings in some gardens,  the bees just love my white Hyssop and white Aconitum. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Posts: 955
    I've so much lavender in my garden 3 different types and I can't smell it unless I touch it. Has your partner got a really sensitive sence of smell ?
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch Posts: 327
    You could give speedwell (Veronica) a try. It has long flowering stalks. The bees love it. There isn't any odor from the foliage, so your partner should be placated with that choice.
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch Posts: 327
    Salvia also has tall purple spikes.
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