Friday, June 08, 2007

Go wild in the garden...

Native wildflowers will attract plenty of wildlife to your garden and are unusual additions to borders and contaners. Here are some of the best:

For sunny borders try Lythrum (Loosestrife). Lythrum can grow to 1.2m tall on moist soils so works well at the back of a border, plants are also the caterpillar food plant for two species of hawkmoth.

For a shady bed choose Digitalis (foxgloves) which are good in sun or shade and reach a stately 1.5m when they flower in June. Lamium galeobdolon Variegatum (Yellow archangel or Dead Nettle) can be invasive BUT the whorls of yellow flowers are loved by bees.

For some edible fruit try planting wild strawberry, a mini version of the cultivated variety that look great at the edge of a border.

Wildflowers are easy to grow. Sometimes it is difficult to cultivate from seed but you can get a large selection already cultivated as plants. Have a look in the herbaceous perennial department at St Bridget Nurseries for some great additions. For wildflowers native to your particular location visit the Natural History Museum website at

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