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What are your favourite native flowers?

As we are in the wildlife bit lets go native! I know plenty of cultivars are good for bees and other bugs too, but I do like a selection of natives growing in the garden.

Top one, Foxgloves, love 'em and for me they can rival anything I've ever seen in a garden image

Favourite bulb, snake's head fritillary, just love those delicate bobbing heads and as rare as a very rare thing in the wilds these days.

Around a pond, can't beat a good stand of  Purple Loosestrife and some Yellow Flag.

That's my must have list, over to you image




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,251

    Snowdrops and hazel catkins - they flower in January - my birthday month image  My heart leaps when I see a hedge of hazel catkins blowing in the breeze on a sunny day in winter image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    English bluebells, in their proper setting.....wouldn't want them in my garden..

    ...Woodbine a hedgerow... amongst others...

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Not sure that counts Edd image

    English bluebells and hazel catkins remind me of country walks with my mum when I was really little image


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    Where to startimage

    Harebells, yellow bedstraw because I like the scent, lesser knapweed because it puts up with my soil and competes with the grass. Lots of peas; common vetch, birdsfoot trefoil and tufted vetch especially.

    Plus all those others have mentioned but not cauliflower, it gives me belly acheimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    I forgot vipers bugloss

  • My favourite is definitely the primrose, so beautiful en masse in woodlands in spring. It also manages to beautify the banks along the parkways in Peterborough, and that's a tall order!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    There's a nice bank of cowslips on one of the parkways as well Landgirlimage

    also I like yellow rattle, it really does reduce the grassimage 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    Harebells lived in the chalk grassland around Cambridge when I was a kid Susan.

    They grew better there than they do for me. I've also seen an excellent showing between the slabs on a friend's patio.

    I've set some going in the gravel where I keep the babies. I hope I don't come to regret thatimage

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,439

    I love English bluebells and their scent. Also cowslips, on the thin limestone soil here there are loads in the spring. We have lots of wild orchids too.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Foxgloves, freesias (nan's favourite and can't beat the smell), primrose.

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