The habitat of grasses and forbs encourages insects, birds and mammals
Equally important to ponds are natural meadows wth wildfowers and controlled areas of grass which is allowed to grow long. This mixed meadow could support beetles, flies, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, butterflies and moths and consequently many birds. This is an important habitat for pollinators whose presence is symbolised by the beehive
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’
Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ – windflower [Wild Swan]
Aster radula ‘August Sky’
Aster radula ‘August Sky’
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’
Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ – plume thistle ‘Atropurpureum’
Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii
Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii – Farges harlequin glorybower
A vigorous deciduous shrub to 6m, with large ovate leaves and highly fragrant white flowers, borne in green calyces which turn crimson as the turquoise berries mature. Thickets on mountain slopes, throughout most of China except Nei Mongol, below elevations of 2400 metres . E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.
4-8 m H x 4-8 m W
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.
Oenothera lindheimeri Karalee White (‘Nugauwhite’)
Oenothera lindheimeri Karalee White (‘Nugauwhite’) – gaura [Karalee White]
Origanum laevigatum – smooth oregano
Salvia x jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’
Salvia × jamensis ‘Nachtvlinder’ – sage ‘Nachtvlinder’
Sanguisorba ‘Tanna’ – burnet ‘Tanna’
Verbena hastata – American blue vervain
Vitex agnus-castus – chaste tree
Deciduous shrub, reaching up to 2.5m, with pleasingly aromatic foliage. This is a distinctive shape with 5-7 splayed leaflets. Upright panicles of fragrant, lavender flowers are borne in autumn. Damp places by streams and on the littoral. S Europe.
1.5-2.5 m H x 1.5-2.5 m W
Pests and Diseases – generally trouble free
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf from June to October, in flower from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.
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