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kp2016kp2016 Posts: 6

Hi, i am just looking for some advice on some nice colourful plants and shrubs that will attract wildlife into my garden.

I have an L shape garden bed about 3 meters by 5 meters that i want to sort out with plants and shrubs that will look nicely together but not look overly crowded, just nicely laid out.

All advice welcome.




  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    Anything with open flowers so the bee's can get in,foxgloves,pot marigolds,penstemones,heleboures,cosmos,poppies,scabious,alliums their bulbs,image

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,458

    Avoid double flowers as pollinating insects can't get in to do their work.  Here are a few I have found to be good:

    Shrubs: escallonia, buddleia, berberis, teucrium fruticans, hawthorn, blackthorn, pyracantha, privet, some ceanothus, choisia, some hebes, lavender.......

    Flowers: allium, grape hyacinth, verbena bonariensis, catmint, nectaroscordum, sedums, euphorbias, foxgloves, feverfew, scabius, chives, marjoram, wild flowers of all sorts, cranesbill geraniums..........

    There are loads and loads more; these are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.

    I recommend this book:

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • WaysideWayside Posts: 845

    We have a perennial wall flower, it's been flowering all winter, and it looks great currently.  It gets daily visits.  Also shrubby germander (Teucrium Fruticans), and Verbena Bonariensis all seem excellent value.  The germander needs a bit of room to grow into a nice ball, the Verbena is a plant that just keeps on giving.  And of course lavender.

    Last edited: 31 May 2016 21:28:28

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    scabias, honey suckle. I most admit foxgloves are my favorite. Listening to their frustrated buzz as they try to squeeze their bums in .Sat on the bench with a brew in my hand doesn't half make me laugh.

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