Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I'm a big fan of a private garden in our neighborhood and have snapped hundreds of photos of bees on gardener's boulevard plantings. So I was thrilled to meet the man behind the plants and witness his particular passion for wild coneflowers which is propagates from seed. Honeybees and bumblebees love coneflowers, and they are also fed by the copious amounts of lavender in the perennial borders and the sea holly in the boulevard.
The gardener explained to me that even within one species of coneflower there can be blossom variation. The alliums interplanted with the Echinacea provide a beautiful contrast in shape and texture.
Blanketflowers (Gaillardia) and clumps of blue sedge grass are also good buddies for coneflowers.
Coneflowers, snowdrops and checkered lilies were favorite motifs of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
I also love the coral reef of sedum in this garden.
These yellow-star shaped flowers attract a variety of smaller bees.