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guttiesgutties Posts: 224
I've been asking lots of questions over the last few months as I only just got started in gardening last year.  I live in the NI countryside and so I have a fairly large plot (lots of land and not many people around!), before last year it was all lawn, but I decided to turn a good chunk of it into something more interesting.
I have a heavy clay soil and large parts of it, even today, squelch when I walk on it.  I have made a pond in that part of the garden and have also planted things like primulas, marsh marigold and loosestrife in that area.

Other parts of the garden, while moist, is in pretty good shape and so I've been planting a few roses and clematis.

Over the last 6 months I've been buying a few items from The Secret Gardening Club, J Parkers and Sarah Raven etc and have potted them up as my soil would have been too heavy / wet to plant before now.
I just made a list of all the plants that I have, some are small and so probably won't flower this year, and I was surprised to find that I have collected more than 50 different types of plants!!

Now, I have to work out where everything should go in the garden; wish me luck!

For anyone interested my list (sorted, I think, in approximate order of flowering) is:
Mahonia x media ‘Charity’
Bergenia Red Beauty (Red Pink).
Pulsatilla vulgaris Bells Mixed (Lilac Cream Red Pink White) AGM.
Viola labradorica Purpurea (Purple).
Doronicum orientale Magnificum (Yellow).
Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'
Geum 'Blazing Sunset'
Polemonium caeruleum
Geum coccineum Tosai
Delphinium Astolat
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’
Aquilegia (various)
Hesperis Matronalis (Lilac).
Arabis blepharophylla Spring Charm (Pink).
Iris sibirica ‘Blue King’
Lupin Minarette
Digitalis purpurea ‘Sugar Plum’
Salvia ‘Amistad’
Geranium Bill Wallis (Purple).
Potentilla fruticosa 'Snowbird'
Delphinium 'Summer Skies'
Hemerocallis - Stella D'Oro & Crimson Pirate
Campanula glomerata
Salvia x superba
Geranium ‘Max Frei’
Heuchera (JParkers Luxury Collection)
Phlox paniculata 'Mount Fuji'
VERONICASTRUM virginicum 'Fascination'
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth Of Gold’
Astrantia 'Roma'
Alcea - Hollyhock
Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
Alchemilla mollis Thriller (Yellow Green).
Rodgersia pinnata
Solidago Goldkind
MONARDA 'Prairie Night'
Helenium autumnale
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
Penstemon barbatus
Agapanthus ‘Twister’ & Blue
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’
Heliopsis helianthoides scabra ‘Summer Sun’
Eupatorium maculatum (Joe Pye Weed)
Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'
Lobelia speciosa Fan Burgundy
Leucanthemum Silver Princess
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’
Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’
Aster novi belgii 'Jenny'

BTW, any ideas gratefully received for companion plants for roses from the above list.

And also which of the above doesn't mind damp / moist conditions, as I have lots of that!
MY research led me to believe that Doronicum, Polemonium, the Iris, Rodgersia, Solidago and Joe Pye don't mind moist conditions.  Are there others?

Thanks for all the help that the forum regulars have already given me over the last few months.


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,065
    Congratulations for posting a comprehensive list of your plants using the botanical names etc. ; you certainly have an interesting variety there !
    There was a posting on here the other night ; something to do with a 'Forest Pansy'????......never heard of it until I realised they were referring to Cercis canadensis !
    Common names are not always a great help !!!

    One plant on your list which appreciates damp conditions is your Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' ; the foliage will stay lush and green ; flowering will be more prolific . The ones you list as damp requisites is correct ; the Solidago will tolerate drier conditions though .

    My own Eupatorium is pretty thirsty too !

    Good luck with your planting scheme ; sounds interesting .

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,927
    I have Hellebore, Bergenia, Doronicum,  some aquilegias, Polemonium , in the deep damp shade, the ajuga will grow antwhere, literally, I would creep all over if I didn’t keep pulling it out.
    the Cloth of gold, Alchemilla and hypericum I desperately  try to get rid of but it’s very persistent. 
    Some on your list are slug food, especially lupins, Delphiniums and the campanula glomerata, so keep an eye on those.
    please keep us posted with photos of its progress, you know we’re a nosy lot😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,366
    Some nice plants there Gutties  :). Most of the plants you have will be fine but will thrive if you work in some organic matter. Some plants that would prefer more free draining conditions - Solidago like paul said - Agapanthus will not like sitting in wet cold soil over winter - I've lost Liatrus in heavy soil . Salvia Amstad is on the tender side so take cutting late summer. Monarda can be temperamental don't be surprised if it doesn't come back one year.  
  • guttiesgutties Posts: 224
    Lyn said:

    the Cloth of gold, Alchemilla and hypericum I desperately  try to get rid of but it’s very persistent. 

    @Lyn, Maybe I'll put those down in my damp part?  I don't really care if things go a bit invasive down there as it's got plenty of soft rushes, and so those romping away will be better than looking at rushes!
    Conversely, I don't really want to introduce potential problem plants to my better soil area.

    Thanks for pointing those out to me before I do harm.
  • HazybHazyb Posts: 336
    Love a nice list. I’m forever writing them. 

    Astrantia’s, geraniums, salvia’s. A.mollis, Agastache and penstemons can all used as companion planting for roses.  Probably some others from your list too. 

    I’m in NI too. In the ‘burbs not the countryside. Lucky you. 
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