Erysimum Bowles’s Mauve for wildlife gardeners
I am often asked which are good plants to have in a wildlife garden. This perennial wallflower is definitely one of my top choices. Bees, butterflies, moths and more agree! It flowers from March-November and beyond depending upon the weather. A small shrub like plant,that remains evergreen throughout the winter, it grows about 2 1/2 feet high, likes the sun (as do the insects that visit it!) and produces very useful flowers used by pollinating insects from late March in my garden right through to late October. It flowers after that but there are no insects around to benefit! I have some that are 3 years old now and looking a bit dishevelled. The soil they are planted is has not been fed any manure or other organic matter and is rather poor, but well drained. They don’t seem to mind that though.
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