Lavandula stoechas subsp. pedunculata ‘Papillon’
French or Papillon/Butterfly Lavender has lovely, big flowers with little tufts of purple bracts at the top of the ears.
Geum ‘Mrs J. Bradshaw’
Tree Poppy, with crepe papery petals and egg yolk centre.
Commonly called matilija (ma-tila-huh) poppy, this California native wildflower is perfect for the dry, rocky, sun-baked west- or south-facing territory that is so difficult to make presentable.
Flower Portrait: Rudbeckia ‘Sputnik’
‘Sputnik’ is a short-lived perennial, usually grown as an annual, to 45cm in height with bristly stems and lance-shaped leaves. The classic daisy flowerheads have bicoloured ray florets, each with a brown base and middle changing to yellow at their tips, clustered around a dark-brown cone of disc florets. Flowerheads appear from mid to late summer. Perfect for ‘hot’ themed borders, they also mix well with ornamental grasses in a prairie-style planting scheme.
Coneflower and bees
Today’s flower is obviously attractive to bees – this was taken in the beautiful double borders of Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Echinacea purpurea (Eastern purple coneflower or Purple coneflower) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Echinacea. Its cone-shaped flowering heads are usually, but not always purple.
Echinacea comes from the Greek word for hedgehog ‘echinos’ which alludes to the prickly spines of the central cone.
Blue Poppy / Meconopsis
Meconopsis produce large disc-shaped flowers in early summer, most famously in deep intense blue, but also in many other colours. They like a cool sheltered site, out of the strongest winds, and a rich woodland soil, in sun or part shade. They are best planted small, in autumn or early spring, so that they are well-established before flowering. They are difficult to grow unless you provide them with the ideal location, but well-worth it if you can.
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