4 best flowers to plant underneath your fruit trees

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1 January 1970

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My orchard was recently decimated of all living plants except my fruit trees. So I’m starting again, and these are some of the herbs and plants I am putting in there.

Herbs and flowers can help your fruit trees by encouraging beneficial insects and discouraging pests. Here’s a list of plants you might like to consider planting in your home orchard – or perhaps you have a solitary fruit tree that would appreciate the thought.

1 Comfrey

Close up of comfrey flowers

Bees love the pretty pink flowers, it helps keep the roots of the tree moist in summer and you can harvest it to make great compost.

2 Borage

Close up of borage flowers

Like comfrey, bees love these bright blue flowers and it will self-seed well in the orchard.

3 Nasturtiums

Yellow nasturtiums flowers

Many people regard these as a weed, but it’s impossible not to love their bright orange and yellow flowers. They are also very good at deterring the woolly aphid.

4 Tansy

Tansy flowers

This is a wonderful insect repellent, which has lovely clumps of yellow flowers. A great herb to plant anywhere in your garden.


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