Andy Garcka, Greenford, North West London: Try scabious (both knautia and scabiosa species), coreopsis, Anthemis tinctoria
and cultivars of Geranium wallichianum.
A large number of drought-tolerant plants are distinguished by grey foliage, some like lad's love (Artemisa) with silver filigree leaves, Cotton lavender (Santolina), and Anthemis tinctoria
with masses of lemon yellow daisy flowers now so familiar it's easy to assume they are all natives.
Other herbaceous golden treasures are daylilies, rudbeckias, heleniums, coreopsis and anthemis tinctoria
, the golden marguerite.
As many taxonomically related plants may contain structurally similar compounds , it could be useful to investigate also the composition of essential oils of other species of the Asteraceae family, morphologically and chemotaxonomically similar to the genus Chamomilla, such as Anthemis tinctoria
L., Matricaria perforata Merat (= M.
Strategy types are according to Grime's (1979) C-S-R plant strategies (C - competitive, S - stress-tolerant, R - ruderal) Strategy Betula10 Betula10 Species type planted natural Achillea millefolium CR/CSR 2 (0.4) 5 (0.5) Agrostis capillaris CSR Anthemis tinctoria
R 1 (0.2) 3 (0.3) Artemisia absinthium CR/CSR 1 (0.2) 1 (0.1) Artemisia campestris 1 (0.1) Artemisia vulgaris C/CR 1 (0.1) Barbarea vulgaris R/CR 2 (0.4) Calamagrostis epigeios C/SC 3 (0.6) 4 (0.4) Campanula rotundifolia S Campanula trachelium * CSR Carduus crispus CR 1 (0.2) 1 (0.1) Centaurea jacea 1 (0.2) Cerastium holosteoides 2 (0.4) Cerastium sp.
Only a recent study reports the antileishmanial activity of the Anthemis tinctoria
extract (Di Giorgio et al.
Here's a top ten of some of the best plants for attracting and feeding beneficial insectsCalifornian poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) n Candytuft (Iberis umbellata) n Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) n Dyers chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria
) n Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ``Purpureum'') n Fern-leaf yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) n Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) n Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifoliaPoached-egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii) n Pot marigold (Calendula officinalisWhatever the size of your garden, room can be made for attractant plants.
Flowers to Attract the Good Bugs BENEFICIALS FLOWER BLOOM TIME ATTRACTED Basket-of-Gold Early spring LB, HF (Aurinia saxatilis, aka Alyssum saxatilis) Wood betony Spring/summer HF (Stachys officinalis) Golden marguerite * Spring through fall LW, LB, HF W, T (Anthemis tinctoria
) Carpet bugleweed Late spring/ LB, HF (Ajuga reptans) early summer Rocky Mountain penstemon Late spring through LB, HF (Penstemon strictus) summer Alpine cinquefoil Spring LB, HF, W (Potentilla crantzii, aka P.
`Sauce Hollandaise' - a pale daisy flower with a deep yellow centre and a reliable, floriferous habit.
The most adaptable garden species is Anthemis tinctoria
, sometimes called golden marguerite, which has cream flowers with yellow centres an inch or so across on 90cm (3ft) stems.