I love these Teasel plants for their statuesque shape, not only do they look good, they’re great at attracting bees and birds into the garden too.
Bees are enjoying them now as the flowers open in bands around the bud during July and August.
Goldfinches love the seeds in autumn, so it’s a perfect way to attract these delightful birds into your garden.
Teasels do seed themselves very freely around the garden, too freely for some people, so once you’ve got them you’ve pretty much got them forever. You can just pull up the little plants in spring if they’re in the wrong place, or transplant them to wilder parts of the garden or the allotment.
The plant turns brown in winter making a rather nice silouette.
images: Jill Anderson.