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B3B3 Posts: 25,283
edited July 2018 in Plants
I've cleared out a south-facing bed on clay and I've chosen(I think) some snail resistant plants that don't mind dryish heat.
Penstemons, gaura and the potentilla that's not a shrub. They're reds and purples mostly. There's a fuchsia shrub, blue geranium, sage and hemerocalis there already.
Can anyone recommend anything else that would go -apart from anything yellow -probably.
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    edited July 2018
    What about some of the perennial blue Salvias ?

    Salvia May Night ; Merleau Blue ; or maybe the purple S.farinacea ?
    All are hardy and drought resistant . Slug resistant too I believe .

    For a totally different red perennial , how about Lobelia tupa from Chile ; had this for four years now and has withstood all winter outdoors . Why I don't know , but after the 'beasts' , it's looking and growing more strongly than ever .
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,283
    I've always wanted to grow salvia and lobelia but avoided them because I thought they were slug delicacies.  Thanks, Paul.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    Hmmm....didn't know that , mine always seem to be OK .

    PS  L.tupa can get quite large .
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,283
    I'll give them all a go if I can find them. Large upwards would be preferable to large sideways though :)
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    Good luck and hope you find them !
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    My perennial lobelias were razed to the ground by slugs in one night. I've never had a problem with a salvia. Perhaps Nachtvlinder or 'Blue Angel'.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,283
    Thanks @Fire. They're on the list :) whoopdeedoo a whole new type of plant to try.
    It's definitely worth digging out the old, tired stuff!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Do post pics when everything's in.
    I like Erysimum “Bowles Mauve”.  Commonly known as a perennial wallflower, it flowers non-stop for months here and bees love it.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,657
    agapanthus. You might need to add a bit of grit but they are growing happily on clay here. As long as it's sunny and you get deciduous ones - much hardier than the evergreen ones.
    They'd give you a different leaf shape in that mix
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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