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Scabious

Botanical name: Scabiosa and Knautia

With a succession of summer flowers – sometimes into autumn – scabious are great additions to borders. They can be perennials, surviving for several years, or annual or biennials, dying after flowering. Good for cutting, the flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Border scabious

Annual and biennial scabious

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Native and non-native plants for pollinators

Pollinators: decline in numbers

Pollinators: decline in numbers

Wildflower meadow: establishment

Wildflower meadow: establishment

Wildflower meadow: maintenance

Wildflower meadow: maintenance

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