Yesterday was a glorious autumn day, and the sunshine brought out the bees, hoverflies, butterflies etc to top up with some nectar before the winter arrives.
My Elsholtzia stauntonii has just opened its buds (late this year) and the bees etc were all over it!
It has deliciously fragrant foliage too, and has been fine with me in a sunny, well-drained spot for several years. I cut it back quite hard in spring.
Geranium Buckland Beauty has been flowering all summer, the mat gradually increasing in size, and now mingling with surrounding Sedums. It too attracts lots of bees, though they mostly disappeared when I got my camera!
This Sedum was in the garden when I arrived, so I don’t have a name for it. The insects aren’t bothered though, and it’s especially welcome this year as I moved it and cut it back in late Spring, so it’s flowering usefully late. And of course, Verbena bonariensis is just great for butterflies.
Asters are great, flowering as they do from late summer, right through the autumn. Some are nearly over now, but some are just coming into flower, so the juice bar can remain open for the insects a bit longer!
Aster Little Carlow is one that’s been flowering for weeks. It got somewhat knocked down by unusually strong winds and heavy rain the other week, but still flowers on!
Aster novae-angliae Herbstschnee (Autumn Snow) is a good white one- I can’t abide white flowers that turn to brown mush, then hang around for ages! – but this one is ok. And Aster Lye End Beauty was planted out earlier this year and has impressed me so far! These are both quite tall, 4-5′.
This year I bought a new dwarf Buddleia Bee Magenta (I also got Bee Sky Blue!) and I’m growing it in a pot. As I purchased it quite late, and very small, I’m impressed with how it’s doing. The other Buddleia is B. lindleyana, which I’ve grown for many years in this South-facing border, and thankfully its survived so far!