Plant Ideas Needed

Below is a picture of our nectar bar border in the sunshine today. We started it in autumn 2012, and we're really pleased with the way it's shaping up -  the chives and harebells are very popular with honey bees at the  moment.




The one issue is that the hollyhocks are being ravaged by rust, so we're considering replacing them after this year. For such a small border though, they do a great job of adding height, and I'm a bit stuck for ideas. Can anyone think of something that may work? We're going for informal but not too wild, and are open minded about what sort of customers we attract. The soil is improved clay, and it's partial shade. The garage wall faces roughly south and the back fence roughly west.


  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,117

    How about Thalictrum? Just as much height as hollyhocks, nice little flowers Pink variety and a yellow variety) that last ages and seeds so you can have more. Or delphiniums or echinops.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 7,147

    Foxglove and Hesperis will both add some height and the scent from the latter is wonderfulimage

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    This one is a bit out there, globe artichoke? I grow one plant which the bees absolutely love, they bury themselves in the flowers til only their bottoms show!

    This is a really big plant, lovely silvery imposing thing, the birds love the seeds too image
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,473

    Knautia macedonica Melton pastels have about 4 to 5 ft height and lots of flowers the bees like.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    I think the thing ive grown is helianthus maximalii, its a tall sunflower like thing which is perennial image
  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,117

    Angelica, I remember it was covered in insects.


  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 313

    Thanks for all the ideas, I'll look into them! Plenty of ideas there. It's just hard to come up with things that are bee/hoverfly friendly and have that much height!

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