Plant Nectar-Rich Flowers

Bees are suffering an alarming decline in numbers, so plant a border of nectar-rich flowers to keep these essential insects well fed. Prolong the food supply by growing early- and late-flowering plants.

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Plant Border of Nectar Rich Flowers for Bees DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Plant: Autumn and spring
At Its Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 3 hours to prepare; 4 hours to plant

Materials Needed:

  • spade
  • fork
  • well-rotted organic matter, such as manure
  • Lupinus 'The Governor'
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Queen'
  • Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'
  • Achillea 'Moonshine'
  • Rosa 'Rose of Picardy'
  • Verbascum 'Gainsborough'

Prepare to Plant

In autumn, weed the border carefully. Then dig it thoroughly, incorporating plenty of organic matter. Plant the Pittosporum and roses in autumn so that they can become established the following spring.

Plant the Perennials

In spring, buy the perennials (Achillea, Anchusa, lupins and Verbascum). Position them in swathes of color running between the shrubs, then plant.

Aftercare

Water well after planting, and regularly for the first year. In spring, prune the roses and support taller–growing plants. In late winter, cut back the old perennial stems to be ready for new spring growth.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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