For summer flowering plants good plants include asters, buddleias, candytuft, French marigold, heather, hemp agrimonia, ice plant, lavender, lobelia, marjoram, michaelmas daisies, mint, phlox, scabious
, thyme, valerian red and white, verbena.
In late summer and autumn some species need to build up their reserves in preparation for winter, so benefit from late-summer bloomers including buddleia, sedum, ivy, Michaelmas daisy, mint, scabious
"Blue Butterfly" starts producing neat, but bold, lavender blue flowers from the spring, continues throughout summer and on into early autumn.
Late summer flowering perennials such as rudbeckias and scabious
mixed in beautifully with ornamental grasses, such as miscanthus, he says.
For butterflies try planting a variety of plants such as buddleia, ice plant (sedum), lavender, Michaelmas daisy, marjoram, red valerian, aubrietia, scabious
, French marigold and hebe.
Once planted, they come up every year with very little work and many are excellent cut flowers, such as pyrethrum, right, trollius and scabious
Imagine the embarrassment of having your collar felt for being in possession of a Sheep's Bit Scabious
Part of the scabious
family, this variety produces striking dark crimson double buttons about 2cm across and stalks rising to around 60cm, never dwarfing other plantings behind it.
Clive Greaves anchusa and dark blue lavenders would be set off by evening primroses and the cream pompons of cotton lavender, Santolina chaemaecyparroses Bowle's Variety.
The herbaceous border in summer will hum with the sound of bees if you plant scabious
, verbena, nepeta, hardy geraniums, single-flowered dahlias, golden rod, and gypsophilia.
comes scabera, to scratch plant was cure the skin know as Also old supermarket spuds that have already sprouted in the cupboard have really long, fragile shoots that are easily broken when planting.
There are two lovely scabious
, Oxford Blue and Salmon Queen, with showy flowers and strong stems that would be ideal.