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05/07/2014 at 16:13

Below is a picture of our nectar bar border in the sunshine today. We started it in autumn 2012, and we're really pleased with the way it's shaping up -  the chives and harebells are very popular with honey bees at the  moment.

 

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The one issue is that the hollyhocks are being ravaged by rust, so we're considering replacing them after this year. For such a small border though, they do a great job of adding height, and I'm a bit stuck for ideas. Can anyone think of something that may work? We're going for informal but not too wild, and are open minded about what sort of customers we attract. The soil is improved clay, and it's partial shade. The garage wall faces roughly south and the back fence roughly west.

05/07/2014 at 16:24

How about Thalictrum? Just as much height as hollyhocks, nice little flowers Pink variety and a yellow variety) that last ages and seeds so you can have more. Or delphiniums or echinops.

05/07/2014 at 16:33

Foxglove and Hesperis will both add some height and the scent from the latter is wonderful

05/07/2014 at 20:33
This one is a bit out there, globe artichoke? I grow one plant which the bees absolutely love, they bury themselves in the flowers til only their bottoms show!
This is a really big plant, lovely silvery imposing thing, the birds love the seeds too
05/07/2014 at 20:43

Knautia macedonica Melton pastels have about 4 to 5 ft height and lots of flowers the bees like.

05/07/2014 at 20:55
I think the thing ive grown is helianthus maximalii, its a tall sunflower like thing which is perennial
05/07/2014 at 21:57

Angelica, I remember it was covered in insects.

 

08/07/2014 at 12:25

Thanks for all the ideas, I'll look into them! Plenty of ideas there. It's just hard to come up with things that are bee/hoverfly friendly and have that much height!

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