Flowers are always beautiful but keep in mind that so far, there are few, if any, organic cut flowers being offered and you may unknowingly be introducing chemical contamination to your home. So, always consider growing your own! Watch for this symbol: Flowers also provide a food source for honey bees. Bees do more than just make honey, about a third of our diet comes from insect-pollinated plants and honeybees are responsible for more than 80 per cent of the pollination.
So without the bee, natural pollination would be greatly limited, our food production and supply in crisis. You can help by providing bee forage in your garden. Try to have flowers blooming all year round to provide nectar and pollen.
Flowers help to reduce pests by encouraging biodiversity. Growing flowers in your garden can provide a valuable nectar source for the 'good bugs'. Check out Good Bug Mix for a colourful re-seeding annual and perennial flower mix that blooms much of the year, providing nectar, pollen and habitat for beneficial insects.
Also worth a look is Give Bees A Chance seed mix full of beautiful herbs and flowers to provided much needed nectar and pollen for honey bees and native bees. You can find additional information on growing bee forage here. Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum syn. Blue giant hyssop, Fragrant giant hyssop, Liquorice mint An herbaceous perennial in the mint family with fragrant flowers and leaves that reaches 60 - cm high.
It has a long blooming period with dense spikes of violet-blue flowers. Anise hyssop was used medicinally by Native Americans for cough and fevers.
As a culinary herb the sweet licorice-mint flavoured leaves and flowers can be used for herb tea, in fruit punches and salads. It is an excellent plant for attracting birds, bees and beneficial insects to your garden. The flowers can be used dried in potpourri or flower arrangements as they retain their fragrance and colour. It is both heat and drought tolerant and needs a well-drained soil. Grows best in full sun. Sow spring; autumn in frost-free areas only. Suitable for temperate and subtropical areas.
Calendula 'Maayan Orange' Calendula officinalis syn. English marigold, pot marigold Calendula 'Maayan Orange'; is a hardy annual flower, to 60 cm high, with bright, glowing blooms of a dark orange hue. It flowers for a long period during Winter and Spring, particularly if regularly deadheaded.
Calendula will tolerate any soil in full sun, although it prefers a moderate to rich loam. It has a long history of use for its medicinal properties and as a yellow dye.
The flower petals can be used as a substitute for saffron and may be added to salads. The flowers are also used in skin and cosmetic preparations. Sow late Summer and Autumn, it takes about weeks from sowing to flowering.