When I first started planting in my garden, my plan was to fill it with edible plants only. No ornamentals for me as I thought they are a waste of space, time and resource. That was then. I’ve since learned that I really need a balance.
We’ve battled aphids for many years. One of the reasons is that we have a lot of ants in our garden and they will do anything to protect those aphids. The ants are a topic for another day. For now, I’m determined to fill our garden with as many plants that will attract beneficial insect. Still a long way to go for me as I only have 2 varieties of lavender (which were already here before but I’ve propagated a few more) and a few small clumps of alyssum that looks really good. Flowering herbs are also attractive to beneficial insects.
The other day I came across 2 bushes with small purple/violet flowers and they were really fragrant when the leaves are rubbed. I suspect they would be beneficial to the garden. Who knows what they are?
Here’s the first bush. The leaves look a bit like some varieties of thyme. The fragrance almost like lavender.
Here’s the 2nd bush. Cut to the same shape as the first bush so only a close-up picture. The leaves are small too but are lanceolate shape instead. Similar fragrant when leaves are rubbed.