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Important For Bees

Important for Bees

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  1. Not so well known is the beautiful white form of Borage with pure white flowers.

    Borage, Borago officinalis alba, White Borage

    Starflower, Bee Bread, White Borage
    $2.24

    The herb borage is a well known annual. Not so well known is the equally beautiful form 'alba' which boast pure white, perfectly star-shaped flowers. Each flower is centred by five black stamens which heighten the drama. The flowers are edible, garden visitors can be converted to herbal advocates simply by offering a taste of its white flower.

  2. The herb borage is a well known annual with beautiful sky blue flowers and succulent foliage.

    Borage, Borago officinalis, Blue and White Mix

    Starflower, Bee Bread, White Borage
    $1.96

    The herb borage is a well known annual with beautiful blue flowers. Not so well known and not often written about is the equally beautiful form 'alba' which boast pure white, perfectly star-shaped flowers. This mixed pack of seeds gives both blue and white forms.

  3. Blue flowers are always welcome in the garden: Borage often flowers lavishly about 8 weeks after sowing.

    Borage, Borago officinalis, Blue Borage

    Starflower, Bee Bread, Blue Borage

    Starting at: $1.75

    Borage is one of the most reliable sources of blue flowers, often flowering lavishly for weeks after sowing. The beautiful blue star-shaped flowers are edible and very important for bees, providing pollen and nectar in prodigious amounts.

  4. Few plants shine as brightly in late summer as the buddleia.

    Buddleia davidii, Mixed Colours

    Summer Lilac, Butterfly Magnet
    $2.45

    Buddleia blooms all summer long with an intoxicating scent just as overwhelming as their colour show. There is no denying that these shrubs are butterfly magnets. If you plant one, they will find it. Have your camera ready!

  5. Calamintha nepeta

    Calamintha nepeta

    Calamint, Mountain Balm, Nepitella
    $2.38

    Calamintha nepeta is a very attractive bushy, perennial that should be in every garden. Clouds of tiny, lilac-mauve flowers appear in early summer and flower continuously from early June right through to late September. The leaves exude a lovely minty scent when crushed and the flowers are true bee pasture.

  6. Calendula is prolific and durable, it is easy to grow and can be simply sown where it is to flower

    Calendula officinalis

    Pot Marigold, English Marigold. Herb Marigold

    Starting at: $1.33

    Cheerful and bright, use Calendula in beds, borders or containers. Calendula is prolific and durable, and like most hardy annuals it is easy to grow, simply sow where it is to flower. It is currently one of the top herbs used for medicinal use. Sprinkle salads and decorate cakes with the edible tangy petals.

  7. The flowers of Black ball are a lovely rich dark-chocolate hue, almost black on cloudy days.

    Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball'

    Double Cornflower, Bachelors Button

    Starting at: $1.75

    The Boy Series, which all feature double flowered blooms on tall stems for garden or cutting, are available in many colours. These beauties grow well as border plants and are wonderful in a cutting garden. 'Black ball' flowers are a lovely rich dark-chocolate hue, almost black on cloudy days.

  8. Centaurea cyanus "Blue Boy" is a very fine, old variety.

    Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy'

    Double Cornflower, Bachelors Button

    Starting at: $1.75

    A favorite annual flower and cottage garden staple, Centaurea 'Blue Boy' has piercing, bright blue flowers with ruffled petals and violet-blue centres. The blooms appear from early to late summer. These beauties grow well as border plants and are wonderful in a cutting garden.

  9. In Britain the cornflower is now classified as endangered. It receives general protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

    Centaurea cyanus, 'Cornflower'

    Bachelors Button,
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland

    Starting at: $1.75

    Out of stock

    Today cornflowers are rare in the wild, they flourish instead in our gardens. They are the most splendid of annuals. Aside from their electric blue, which is breathtaking when they're grown in dense drifts, they are easy to grow, they flower all summer, make great cut flowers and bees adore them.

  10. Centaurea dealbata has the unusual characteristic of being perennial and flowering in the first year.

    Centaurea dealbata

    Persian Cornflower
    $2.31

    Persian Cornflower is an attractive clump forming cornflower, with bushy, branched plants and the unusual characteristic of being perennial and flowering in the first year. Very adaptable to both dry and moist locations. Large deep lavender-pink blooms adorn the divided foliage throughout summer.

  11. Golden-yellow shaggy thistle-like blooms on strong stems are followed by attractive seed heads.

    Centaurea macrocephala

    Great Headed Centaury
    $2.03

    Centaurea macrocephala is a magnificent perennial that ideal for providing vertical interest in a sunny, well-drained herbaceous border. The golden-yellow shaggy thistle-like blooms are on strong stems and mid-green, lance-shaped leaves are followed by attractive seed heads.

  12. Centaurea montana or “Mountain bluet” flowers from late spring to early summer.

    Centaurea montana

    Mountain Cornflower, Mountain Bluet

    Native to the meadows and woods of the mountains of Europe, Centaurea montana flowers from late spring with large flowers that are fringed in an intense violet-blue with deep purple centres and most attractive, very deeply cut petals. Easy to grow, it is an excellent garden plant as well as cut flower.

  13. Centranthus ruber is a cottage garden favourite that’s made it back into the style books.

    Centranthus ruber alba 'Snow Cloud’

    Keys of Heaven, Jupiter's Beard.
    $2.10

    Centranthus 'Snow Cloud’ produces airy clusters of white flowers that appear from July to October on tall, fleshy stems with glaucous leaves. Very long flowering, sweetly-perfumed and easy-to-grow from seed, given an early sowing Centranthus will flower from July right through to October.

  14. Centranthus ruber is a cottage garden favourite that’s made it back into the style books.

    Centranthus ruber ‘Coccineus’

    Keys of Heaven, Jupiter's Beard. Pretty Betsy
    $2.10

    Centranthus ruber is a Cottage garden favourite that’s made it into the style books. Sweetly-perfumed, dense clusters of reddish-pink flowers appear from July to October. They are ideal for attracting bees and butterflies and other pollinating insects into the garden and lovely when used as a cut flower.

  15. Cephalaria gigantea have very pretty pale butter-yellow scabious shape flowers.

    Cephalaria gigantea 'Giant Scabious'

    Giant Scabious, Caucasian scabious
    $2.73

    Out of stock

    Cephalaria gigantea is a gentle giant that has an informal look that is perfect for looser planting styles. With pretty pale butter-yellow scabious shaped flowers, use it as you would Verbena bonariensis planted at the back of a mixed or herbaceous border. The stems are tall but airy and 'see-through'.

  16. This beautiful highly versatile, aristocratic border plant has become very much in vogue in recent years.

    Cerinthe major purpurascens

    Blue Shrimp Plant, Honeywort, Blue Wax Flower
    $2.31

    This beautiful highly versatile, aristocratic border plant has become very much in vogue in recent years. Oval, fleshy blue-green leaves spiral up the stem with tightly packed, sea blue bracts - and then the finale - small clusters of rich purple-blue tubular, nodding flowers which are adored by bees.

  17. Chrysanthemum “Alaska” is one of the original crosses selected by Burbank in the early 1900’s.

    Chrysanthemum 'Alaska'

    Shasta Daisy, Leucanthemum x maximum.

    The Shasta daisy is a creation of plant breeder Luther Burbank. Introduced in 1901 after 17 years in development. Leucanthemum maximum ‘Alaska’ was one of Burbank's original crosses, because it quickly became a garden favourite and has retained high status ever since because of its pure white, large blooms.

  18. A collection of five different species of native wildflower that were once a common sight in cornfields and meadows.

    Cornfield Meadow Annuals Mix

    Five Species Standard Annual Meadow Mixture
    Wildflowers of Britain and Ireland

    Starting at: $3.50

    A collection of five different species of native wildflowers, that were once a common sight in cornfields and meadows. These summer-flowering annuals are ideal for providing a splash of colour to create a wildlife garden or meadow.

  19. A collection of twelve different species of native wildflower that were once a common sight in cornfields and meadows.

    Cornfield Meadow Wildflowers, Special Mixture

    Twelve Species Special Meadow Mixture
    Wildflowers of Britain and Ireland

    Starting at: $2.31

    This special mix contains a range of twelve annuals including some which are now rare or declining in the wild. These summer-flowering annuals will attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects and are ideal for providing a splash of colour to create a wildlife garden or meadow.

  20. Cosmos Candystripe is a lovely plant and a very unique cosmos.

    Cosmos Candystripe is a lovely plant and a very unique cosmos, giving attractive large white flowers with a crimson picotee edge. No two blooms are alike; some have splashes and flecks of colour, some have stripes, occasionally, some pure crimson flowers may occur.

  21. Cosmos 'Collarette' blooms with voluptuous semi double flowers, light pink with white stripes to pure white edged with pink.

    Cosmos bipinnatus 'Cosimo Collarette'

    Semi-Dwarf Mexican Aster
    $2.45

    Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cosimo’ is a series of colours and forms that and give a wonderful effect when planted in combination or in large drifts. 'Cosimo Collarette' blooms with voluptuous semi double flowers, in light pink with white stripes to pure white edged with pink.

  22.  'Cosimo Purple-Red' blooms with beautiful rich, coloured flowers in deep purple red.

    Cosmos bipinnatus 'Cosimo Purple-Red'

    Semi-Dwarf Mexican Aster
    $2.45

    Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cosimo’ is a series that have each been awarded one of the most prestigious horticultural awards, the Fleuroselect Award. Early flowering and uniform, the plants grow to a height of 50 to 60cm, short enough to be used at the front of the border, they can also be used in larger container planting.

  23. 'Cosimo Red-White' blooms with beautiful bicoloured flowers, each striped in purple-red and white

    Cosmos bipinnatus 'Cosimo Red-White'

    Semi-Dwarf Mexican Aster
    $2.45

    Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cosimo’ is a series of semi-dwarf Cosmos varieties that can be planted together, designed to give maximum impact in the border. 'Cosimo Red-White' blooms with beautiful bicoloured flowers, each striped in purple-red and white.

  24. Cosmos bipinnatus 'Dazzler'

    Cosmos bipinnatus 'Dazzler'

    The Mexican Aster
    $2.03

    Cosmos is a glorious annual unrivaled as long-standing performers in a garden. 'Dazzler' is a relatively new addition, with large, open flowers of deep carmine-pink and delicate, feathery foliage. It is a superb cut flower and an exceptional annual for mixed beds and borders, cottage gardens and mass plantings.

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