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LONG FLOWERING PERENNIAL FOR WHEELBARROW

harmonyharmony Posts: 325
Hi, I want a permanent perennial or small shrub for the centre of my  wheelbarrow. I would like something with year round interest so evergreen and will not outgrow . I usually have winter/spring pansies and then lobelia or similar in summer around the edges. Its quite a big barrow on my patio which is very sheltered and sunny for most of the day. I just can't make up my mind, any ideas would be appreciated.Thanks

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    edited February 2019
    Euonymus Fortunei can be shaped or left to sprawl and cover an area. They are evergreen and easy to maintain. Erigeron Karvinskianus make great edging plants that will spill out over the edges. They are quite drought tolerant and easy to maintain, and most importantly, flowers for a long time. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    Both of those would be really good.
  • harmonyharmony Posts: 325
    Thanks I like the idea, sounds quite an old fashioned look if you know what I mean (I know what I mean lol) especially with the erigeron (love it) I find established plants (erigeron) hard to get hold of though so might have to buy online. Love hardy geraniums as well very pretty. My wheelbarrow has had many changes over the years but i want something more permanent now due to arthritic knees interfering with my gardening 😞.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,393
    Consider a Hebe, one like 'Mrs Winder', or some other of your choice... assuming your garden is reasonably sheltered..
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    If you consider that quite a dated look, how about something like Coprosma Repens. They normally stay compact if grown in a container, not really fast growing and provided it is in a sheltered area with lack of frost. They waxy thick leaves turn almost glass like in the summer months and can come in deep greens to black and red and oranges. 
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