The daisy-like flowers and height (they can grow to 150cm (5ft) tall) mean they work well towards the back of the border, attracting bees and butterflies and adding impact alongside globe thistle (Echinops
) and monarda.
The globe thistle (echinops
bannaticus) produces eyecatching soft blue spiny globes on top of silvery stems, while aster x frikartii Monch bears lavender-blue flowers on thick stems through to October.
Make an instant feature with echinops
, partnered with Perovskia atriplicifolia and Sedum matrona.
The Valley has two subdivisions; the comparatively smaller Lope valley and larger Kereichi area; the Loope is relatively plain area dominated by Haloxylon ammodenderon, Haloxylon griffithi, Pennisetum divisum, Convolvulus spinosus, Otostegia aucheri, Astrogalus tocksii, Cymbopogon jwarancusa, Echinops
echinatus, Fagonia indica, Zygophyllum eurypterum, Rhazya stricta, Calliigonium comosum, and Whithania coagulans.
1-2: Density, variyans and number of weeds in corn fields in Dashte looin region Alhaji sp, 7% Amaranthus blitoides 4% Amaranthus retroflexus 5% Chenopodium album 3% Hibiscus trionum 7% Setaria sp 54% Solanum nigrum 2% Sorghum Halepens 15% Datura stramonium 3% Helioliotropium sp 3% Xanthium 3% Tribulus terrestris 3% Visia vilosa 3% Brassica napus 3% Echinops
robustus 3% Salsola crassa 3% Note: Table made from pie chart.
Only four other northern Oman endemics are found within the Ru'us al-Jibal: Desmidorchis arabica, a cactus-like milkweed that is widespread but not common (and is apparently included in Ghazanfar's Red List as Caralluma aucheri); Echinops
erinaceus, a spiny thistle, locally common on scree and rubble; Pulicaria edmondsonii, a sloped-welling dwarf shrub that is widespread and locally common; and Stipa mandavillei, a grass found at high elevations that is evidently rare outside the Jebel Akhdar.
There's a wide choice plants that will survive thrive in a well-drained gravel garden in a sunny spot, including alliums, ceanothus, salvia, lavender, rosemary, thyme, echinops
, nepeta and cosmos, well as ornamental grasses.
lContinue to keep an area of your pond ice-free to release noxious gases.Time-saving tip To save time on supports, choose tall herbaceous plants that require no staking, including red hot pokers (kniphofia), coneflower (rudbeckia -pictured right), foxglove (digitalis), verbascum and globe thistle (echinops
Related Family Members in Book: Achillea, Ageratum, Artem isia, Aster, Bracteantha, Centaurea, Chrysanthemum, Cosmos, Craspedia, Dahlia, Echinacea, Echinops
, Gerbera, Helianthus, Lia Iris, Rudbeckia, Se necio, Solidago, x Solidaster, and Zinnia
Plants such as the sedums, cone flowers, Echinops
and pot marigolds are firm favourites, the latter being a real draw for red admirals.
They work best with plants that make long thick roots such as Acanthus, Echinops
, Verbascum and Oriental poppies.
The four-year-old males have transferred from Birmingham Nature Centre and have been named Eccles and Tellie, after their taxonomic name, Echinops