British Native Plants for the garden

Giant Knapweed (Centaurea scabisoa)

I've never attempted planting a wildflower meadow as we've never had sufficient room to do it justice. However it is always worth looking out for meadow plants to use in the garden. Whilst some require very specialist conditions (e.g. hardy orchids) others like the Knapweeds (Centaurea) are easy to please and put up with dry, fairly poor soils and strong completion from other plants making them ideal for the garden. They have the added benefit of attracting butterflies and bees. Centaurea scabiosa (right) is one of my favourites.

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