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MTB79MTB79 Posts: 52
Hi all, I wonder if you can help with a few suggestions as I am still a bit of gardening amateur.

Our 13 year old rottweiler died in February this year and as we couldn't think of anywhere to scatter his ashes we bought a large wooden planter and mixed his ashes in with a load of wildflower seeds so that he could return something back to nature through them. It worked well in one respect as the insects have absolutely loved it, but as you can see in the picture, it's a bit of a straggly mess.

My question is can you suggest some plants which pollinators love that will be a bit more aesthetically pleasing? Ideally would want a selection that would provide pollen/nectar throughout summer. I already have marjoram and lavender in separate containers, so ideally something other than those.

Thanks in advance!


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953
    Salvias look great, and with dead heading should put on a good show.  And bees love them.  Sorry for your loss.   :'(
    Utah, USA.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,916
    I agree that salvias are a good choice, you could plant some different thymes around the edges too, Bees love it and it’s apparently good for them. Smells nice when you brush against it too and there are varieties with different coloured leaves and flowers. 
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953
    Variegated sage would look lovely, and smells great.  Let it bloom for the bees.  
    Utah, USA.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,134
    It's not really big enough to get a good succession of planting, but if you put some  wild rocket in there, it'll be covered in bees all summer.
    It can be a bit of a thug though, so keep picking it and eating it, and watch out for it seeding   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Borage is great for bees as are chives. They love the flowers and you can then use both in your kitchen.
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