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May/June flowering (before dahlias come up)

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783

Im looking for something that flowers until my dahlias come up red or white.

To go in my full sun raised border.  This has foot high cypress goldcrest, rosemary and sage currently.  Phlox with light purple flowers is dotted about with a couple of large clumps.

I have dark red dahlia that should come out in July, I hope.  Then in autumn the rudbeckia should take over with oranges and browns.




  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Wallflowers, biennial or perennial. Late flowering tulips. Aubretia. Marigold.  Welsh poppy.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    If it's for that narrow raised bed, take a look at a Sea Campion, Silene Uniflora Druett's Variegated. They will do well in confined spaces. Even when not in flower, the small silvery tumbling leaves can be of interest. It will be evergreen if it's in a sheltered area.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Yes, it’s pretty narrow.  Campion seems to be summer flowering though.

    Wallflower looks like an option but need to find one that is may/June red or white.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,635
    oriental poppy if you want some bold colour, pulsatilla for more refined colour (and lovely seed heads). very pale, almost white bearded iris or white dutch iris if your soil is reasonably fertile
    “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” 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    The one I recommend normally starts flowering now to July normally. Nothing wrong with a bit of over-lapping. Viola Cornuta in white or pale purple will also do well in small spaces. Again, they flower from May to July roughly.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited April 2019
     Dianthus barbatus atrosanguineus? Mine are just coming out now. They last all summer and come back for two-three years. Or Diascia Juliet Red, trailing, seemingly perennial - I've had mine for years and come back in beds after snow. They come in white trailing forms too.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,833
    ''when in doubt, plant a Geraniun'' [the late Margery Fish]..

    Geranium 'Vorjura' and 'Hilary Rendell'... similar are 'Cambridge' and 'Biokovo'.. to mix the colours.... flower mid May - mid July... semi evergeen.. sun/shade..

    best of luck with your choices.. nice border...

    East Anglia, England
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,868
    My Dicentra Formosa has been flowering it’s little socks off for ages, very pretty and spreads so you can easily transplant it.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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