Bees, butterflies and bugs are a welcome addition to every garden, helping to pollinate our plants and keeping us company while we work.
There’s lots of simple ways you can encourage more wildlife into your outdoor space, such as creating your own compost heap, growing a wild flower meadow or having your own garden pond. However, one of the best and most interesting ways is by choosing the right flowers and plants – those that are high in pollen.
There’s a huge variety of plants that will not only help the insects in your garden at this time of year, but will also add a welcome splash of colour. Our favourites include Astrantia, Coreopsis, Monarda, Gaura and Salvia – all of which are available at the East Neuk Perennials nursery (have a look at our pricelist for specific cultivars).
Plants to avoid include highly-bred cultivars with double flowers, most of which contain little or no pollen or nectar.
Further recommendations for wildlife friendly plants can be found using the RHS perfect...
June and July are generally considered to be the most colourful and vibrant months in the garden, but there’s no reason why we can’t continue to enjoy colour in our gardens in August too.
Many herbaceous perennials really start to come into their own this month. Hardy plants that are perfect for Scottish gardens, such as Rudbeckia, Japanese Anenome and Echinacea offer gardeners a huge spectrum of colour to choose from – from whites and yellows through to pinks and blues.
To make the most of roses, remember to deadhead regularly to prolong the display. Prune rose stems back to a bud in a leaf axil lower down the stem to encourage strong new shoots – this will help the plant to continue to flower well into the Autumn. Wild roses should not be deadheaded as they produce attractive hips in the Autumn which are helpful for wildlife.
Geraniums may be starting to get leggy and lose their vigour. Cut back the stems with a sharp pair of sheers by 1/3 to encourage a new set of late summer f...