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25/02/2012 at 08:13
Could anyone tell me which is the best lavender to get for the most bees please!
25/02/2012 at 08:43

Munstead was very popular with the bees last year and it makes a nice mini hedge or border edging.  I planted several other varieties last year but as they won't flower until this year I can't comment.

25/02/2012 at 10:26
Oh thanks for that, I'll look it up and have a look at it. Just moved house so this garden I'm going to do it all for the wildlife as best I can.
25/02/2012 at 13:09

"Hidcote" gets covered in bees and the humming bird hawkmoth loves it too.

25/02/2012 at 16:30
Is it better than augustifolia?. I like the sound of the moth too!, thanks.
26/02/2012 at 16:22

Both Hidcote and Munstead are great for bees, and pretty tough for a sun-loving plant.  Lavandula angustifolia is the 'true' lavendar, and both Hidcote and Munstead are hybrids of this, so there's no need to worry about trying to buy it specifically.  Hidcote is a bigger plant, Munstead more compact, but both will attract bees and butterflies.  Maybe not as much as catmint, though, which is much tougher and more long-lived, but without that lovely fragrance.  Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' is a superb hedging plant if you want something that will live longer than short-lived lavendar but look quite similar.  Just a suggestion.

17/02/2013 at 15:20
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