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Tall, colourful, perennial flowers, for dappled part-shade, flowering May-Oct

FireFire LondonPosts: 13,947
Does such a thing exist? Something over one metre tall? Like a cosmos but takes shade and is perennial. Like milk parsley but with colour. Like tall salvias but that will take some shade. Like Japanese anemones but that flowers from May. Any thoughts welcome.
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  • Helianthus Lemon Queen, still in full bloom, tall needs no staking, do you want a shovel full ?
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,543
    some roses if you pick the variety carefully
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  • I cannot think of a single plant that would fulfil everyone of your requirements, though Bowle's Mauve comes close, except for height, or many annuals, though they are just that, and would have to grow to that height.
    To have a border that meets them though is perfectly possible, with a well chosem selection of plants.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,129
    I couldn't think of one either. It would have to be two or three, all  flowering at different times to give a succession, probably with a bit of overlap.
    Some geums will flower a long time, and they get a bit of height. They like sun best, but most plants will take a little bit of shade and be quite happy. They would just not get so big or floriferous. Camassias will take shade, but are earlier - spring really. Some of the daisy perennials [Shasta daisies/Leucanthemum] flower for a long time, btu I htink they're only white.
    I've had a Lychnis flowering off and on for along time. It's still got flowers on it just now, and they take some shade. Sizzling, fuchsia coloured flowers.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,508
    Geranium phaeum may be suitable
    There's a nursery just down the road from me that specialises in plants for shade etc
    https://mooreandmooreplants.co.uk/
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  • My personal favourite is Rehmannia Magic Dragon. Grows about 2-3' tall, flowers all summer long, is ok with dappled shade. It is perennial, but there are different opinions on how hardy it is, some say it needs protection over winger in cold areas. I only started growing it this summer, so don't know yet myself. But will be taking lots of cuttings to make sure I have some plants for next summer.

    Surrey
  • Helianthus Lemon Queen, still in full bloom, tall needs no staking, do you want a shovel full ?
    They do look great Richard! Do they come true from seeds? How long did it take them to create such a impressive display?
    Surrey
  • If you want a root, I am digging quite a bit up at present, a stunning herbaceous perennial, just hack it back every year.  Not sure if it will come true from seeds, being a named cultivar.
  • If you want a root, I am digging quite a bit up at present, a stunning herbaceous perennial, just hack it back every year.  Not sure if it will come true from seeds, being a named cultivar.
    I would love a root, thank you Richard! I shall of course pay for p&p. I shall send you a private message with my details, thank you so very much :)
    Surrey
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,947
    edited October 2018
    Ah, I thought helianthus were sun loving, hence the name. Thanks for the offer.
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