What should I plant here?

So now that it is after Christmas, I’m trying to decide what to do next in the garden.  One spot I need to do something with is here (before it becomes overrun with weeds).

This used to have a load of calamintha nepeta but I think it's died
This used to have a load of calamintha nepeta but I think it’s died
Calamintha nepeta - this is dead, no?
Calamintha nepeta – this is dead, no?

Now, the question is – what should I plant in its place?  My husband suggested one big bush (so perhaps another teucrium – if I can ever find another for sale).

Teucrium
Teucrium

Ideally, I’d like whatever I plant to be useful for bees and butterflies.  So far my thoughts are:

  • Lavender – tends to do well here, we get a lot of light.  Plus I can plant different colours – however, I already have quite a lot of lavender;
  • Broom – I have some and LOVE it but it’s so damn tough, I can’t prune it with secateurs;
  • Teucrium (if I can get it) – or perhaps I move the one I have and plant lavender in its place; or
  • Dogwood – I already have some red dogwood so was thinking of getting some orange and greeny yellow to go alongside it.

Do any of you have any suggestions?  We are on very heavy clay, slightly acidic.  It’s a spot that gets a lot of light but is also very windy so whatever I plant needs to be able to cope with gale force winds.

3 thoughts on “What should I plant here?

  1. Perennnials

    Vernonia noveboracensis… Tall perennial, good for butterflies.
    Canna Lily (May need staking)
    Coreopsis
    Echinacea purpurea (Good for bees and butterflies)

    Shrubs.
    Callicarpa (beautyberry)
    Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) Very late/early plant for bees

    Just a few to look at!

    BTW… If you really want another Teucrium why not take softwood cuttings from it in early summer?

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