Flowers for Borders

Control pests by planting these flowers for borders and drawing beneficial insects into your garden.

By Cheryl Long


Borage is technically an herb and also has cucumber-flavored flowers.3. Borage (Borago officinalis) This annual herb has bright blue clusters of edible, cucumber-flavored flowers. Studies in Switzerland have shown borage to be exceptionally attractive to good bugs, with an average of over 100 beneficials found in just 1 square yard of borage. In addition, common green lacewings have a very strong preference to lay their eggs on borage. Look for borage on garden center seed racks and mail order seed catalogs.

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