When we bought the field we wanted to encourage wild-life into the garden - a very noble statement but like most people we want the "nice" wildlife like hedgehogs but not the pests like rabbits. You could say that the outer field provides a habitat far better than we would tolerate in a garden setting.
We have always liked butterflies so the butterfly bed is an attempt to provide nectar rich plants. It is fortunate that many plants attractive to butterflies are also attractive to humans so we have included quite a lot of hardy annuals like poppies, sedum and buddleias.
We eventually removed the hawthorn hedge that backed the bed but we needed to have a shelter-belt so we planted deciduous shrubs; the various fancy elderberries are doing very well, as are the willows especially 'Nancy Saunders'.
Two mulched paths that give access for maintenance and close up viewing divide the bed. We have included quite a number of grasses - the hot sunny conditions suit them well and they don't seem to mind the very strong winds. Our favourites yeainclude Miscanthus Sinensis Rotsilber, Miscanthus Caerula Transparent and the pony tail grass Stipa Tennuissima.
Other plants that have revelled in the hot sunny site are the poppies, knifophias (red hot pokers) and the hemoracalis (day lilies).