Mix & matchThe more variety in plants, the more life in the garden. Perennials offer so much variety: different types, colors, shapes, heights, and flowering times. If you have flowers in your garden from early spring until well into autumn, there will be plenty of nectar to go around for butterflies, bees, and other insects. What's more, birds will eat the seeds of various flowering plants. Even more life in your garden!
10 great nectar providersMany flowering plants make excellent nectar sources. Here are ten great ones:
- yarrow (Achillea),
- knotweed (Persicaria),
- stonecrop (Sedum),
- Michaelmas daisy (Aster),
- catmint (Nepeta),
- thoroughwort (Eupatorium),
- bugleweed (Ajuga reptans),
- lavender (Lavandula),
- sage (Salvia)
- and purple coneflower (Echinacea).
- Leave perennials alone in winter (cut them in spring). This allows insects to hibernate between the leaves and stems. And you will be able to enjoy the winter silhouette; ornamental grasses and umbelliferae in particular are beautiful when covered in a layer of frost.
- Not enough space? Remove a few tiles and create a façade garden with several perennials. Even small gardens contribute to more biodiversity in the area. And they brighten up the neighborhood!
- Visit www.perennialpower.eu for more inspiration for a flower-filled garden.