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.
When to Plant: Autumn and spring
At Its Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 3 hours to prepare; 4 hours 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.
In spring, buy the perennials (Achillea, Anchusa, lupins and Verbascum). Position them in swathes of color running between the shrubs, then plant.
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
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