Advice for a patch of lawn and What I could grow
Jan Welland Posts: 15
Can anyone give me some advice about a piece of really patchy lawn that only gets late afternoon sun in the Summer and hardly anything in autumn/winter. It's a shame to just leave it bare and I've wanted to grow some wild plants & flowers for the bees. I'd really appreciate the best plants I could use or my other idea is to astro turf it but I prefer the wild garden - HELP! thanks Jan
Hi Jan. There are lots of flowers that you can grow in such an area. How big is your lawn? Most bees prefer to forage in sunshine but if you are happy to convert your shady lawn to a flower border that bees actually like then here is a list of plants that can tolerate shade: foxgloves, hostas, bergenias, pulmonarias, Geranium phaeum (they come in several colours), and for shrubs you could have rhododendrons, mahonias and viburnums especially opulus.
The following are good in shade and should attract bees: Anemone, Aquilegia, Astilbe, Cimicifuga, Digitalis. Hellebores, Lamium, Lilies, Primula, Pulmonaria, Viola.
You only need to buy 2 Geranium phaeum. I started with a black one and added a white one, and now have every shade of blue and mauve imaginable, and stilll some blacks and whites
Like Buttercupdays I have every colour imaginable but I did buy a variegated leaf one too. I really love them and don't mind them seeding everywhere as they are easily moved. Cutting them hard back after flowering and I get another flush of flowers.
Astroturf!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a NO from me
Hello to everyone,
I don't think I'll need the astro turf - that was really a last resort and with all the info you've given me I'm encouraged and pleased to say I don't think I'll be needing it Geraniums just happen to be one of my favourite plants as it reminds me of holidays in the sun; so I'll be going shopping for those soon.
Thanks again to all that replied -
Jan. Don't muddle up the fancy Pelargoniums (incorrectly called geraniums by virtually everyone!) that you will have seen in windowboxes and planters on the continent bringing lovely colour to delight the eye. The geraniums we are talking about (proper geraniums) are the hardy types
Thanks ladybird; I'm going to a local specialist and will show them the names of plants I've been given; so hopefully I'll get it right - watch this space as I will post photos when I've done a bit of work
Look forward to it.