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Designing a Wildflower Rock Garden

A rock garden is a wonderful habitat for a wide range of wildlife. Larger rocks are a perfect spot for butterflies to rest on a warm sunny day, while cracks and crevices can be fantastic homes for other wildlife creatures. Planting a wildflower rock garden is ideal if you want to create a welcoming environment for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects into your garden. This week, we have a selection of wildflower plants that would be fantastic wildflower rock garden choices.

Wild Basil Clinopodium Vulgare

This plant is a fantastic choice for bumblebees, other bumblebees, butterflies and a wide range of insects. They bloom between July and September and can grow anywhere between 10cm and 40cm. These can flourish in spaces in full sun or semi-shade and will plant best in calcareous, well-drained soil.

Wild Marjoram Origanum Vulgare

This is an extremely attractive nectar and pollen-rich plant for all forms of pollinators. The Small Copper Butterfly is quite attracted to Wild Marjoram, so by planting it next to Sorrel, another food plant, they are more likely to stay. Though it is a wonderful herb for cooking, this is not the commonly used Pot Marjoram. It blooms between July and September and can grow between 30cm and 60cm. It grows best in full sun to semi-shade and can grow in a wide range of soil. However, it does prefer calcareous.

Cheddar Pink Dianthus Gratianopolitanus

This is a rare British wildflower, which is native to the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset and grows on the steep limestone cliffs. This garden plant is beautifully scented and offers plenty of nectar for bees. This also flowers between July and September and can grow between 30cm and 60cm. It blooms in full sun to semi-shade. It plants well in a variety of soils.

Common Toadflax Clinaria Vulgaris

This is also commonly known as Wild Snapdragon and is a wonderful pollen and nectar plant for honeybees, short and long-tongued bumblebee and solitary bees. This is a common food plant of the Toadflax Pug moth and the Marbled Clover moth. It blooms between July and October, grows between 30cm and 80cm and is best in full sun. It can be planted in a wide range of soils but prefers a well-drained site.

Harebell Campanula Rotundifolia

Also known as the Bluebell of Scotland, this flower is attractive to a wide range of bees. It flourishes between June and September, can grow between 15cm and 40cm and grows in full sun. It can be planted in a wide range of soils.

Thrift Armeria Maritime

This plant is rich in nectar for bees and butterflies and is the food plant of the Thrift clearwing moth and the Black-Banded Wave moth. It is known as Clustog Fair in Wales, which translates to Mary’s Pillow. This is a reference to its cushion-like clumps of leaves. It is the county flower of Pembrokeshire in Wales. It flowers between April and October and grows between 10cm and 30cm. It prefers any soil that is acidic to neutral and is best positioned in either full sun or semi-shade.

Wild Clary Salvia Verbenaca

Wild Clary is rich in nectar and is extremely attractive to a variety of bee species as well as a whole other range of pollinating insects. It is the food plant of the Twin-Spot Carpet moth. It blooms between June and August and can grow to heights between 30cm and 45cm. It’s best to plant Wild Clary under full sun. When it comes to soil choices, it can be planted in a wide range. However, it does prefer calcareous sites that are dry.

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With 13 acres of wonderful plants to choose from, Ladybrook Nursery is here to help you find what you need for your wildflower rock garden needs. Get in touch for more information or take a look at our stocklist to see what’s currently available for you to choose from.

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