Help sum­mer fly by

Lancashire Life - - WILL’S WISDOM -

Choose the right plants and fill your late sum­mer gar­den with but­ter­flies, says Will Clark

If there are gaps in your border, maybe con­sider adding plants to at­tract but­ter­flies to your gar­den.

One of my favourites is

Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis which looks fab­u­lous in a border, its tall stems topped with bright laven­der­pur­ple flow­ers in late sum­mer. It’s per­fect for herbaceous bor­ders or mixed with or­na­men­tal grasses, and it ri­vals even the Bud­dleja for at­tract­ing but­ter­flies. Gor­geous Echi­nacea is an­other star of the border loved by but­ter­flies as is Se­dum spectabile, which has the added bonus of flow­er­ing well into au­tumn.

As the end of sum­mer ap­proaches, we nat­u­rally tend to start look­ing ahead to the next sea­son. The end of the month is a good time to clear and dig over any bor­ders you might want to re­plant. Re­move any roots and peren­nial weeds, and add fer­tiliser, com­post or ma­nure at the same time. When de­sign­ing your new plant­ing scheme, re­mem­ber to leave some space for spring bulbs which will soon be avail­able in the gar­den cen­tres.

Your lawn will prob­a­bly need mow­ing reg­u­larly this month. If you go on hol­i­day, try to mow the lawn grad­u­ally on your re­turn, with the blade set quite high ini­tially to avoid any dam­age to the lawn. If we have long pe­ri­ods of hot, dry weather, re­mem­ber to top up ponds and bird baths.

ABOVE: Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis

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