Plant suggestions for sunny border please!
I'm helping a friend redo their neglected garden, and I need some ideas for plants. It's quite a small garden, in the suburbs of a city, and will be mostly lawn with borders up the side of and along the back of the lawn. The borders will butt up against a wall. I'm digging these out and improving the existing soil.
So... They have a blue hibiscus which is staying, and they want lavender, which is great. But what else will go with those two? The criteria is:
Sunny border, bakes in summer
Borders will be about 1m wide and about 5m long
Nothing that needs too much work (they're not huge gardeners & have a very young baby)
Nothing too cottage gardeny (not cottage garden overload, anyway!)
Nothing spiky or poisonous (young baby & lots of friends with kids)
I've got a few ideas, but my frame of knowledge is very much a cottage garden. Other than that, I'm a bit stumped!
I want to put in geraniums for ground cover, maybe some stachys (lamb's ears) and lychnis coronaria.
What else fits the above and the hibiscus & lavender?