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If you could grow only one type of plant in your garden what would it be?
For me it's a close call, but I think it would be fuschias. They flower from June to December where we are and in Cornwall all the year round. They are very low maintenance, needing only a hard clip at the end of winter and a few cuttings of the tenderer ones.
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  • does 'vegetables' count? ;)

    if not then probably hosta's, as you can get so many sizes and differing colourations
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,237
    If I really had to choose one type, it would be ornamental grasses. I can't see how I could get a such range of height, structure and texture from any other one type of plant.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,052
    Salvias, for huge variety in height, form, colour and flower power. Ideally I would  extend that to Lamiaceae in general so I could have agastache in there too.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,241
    If I really could only pick one type, it would have to be ferns. Unfortunately, I would have to move to a suitable location to grow them.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,369
    Sedums. There's a sedum for every situation and tons of variety. Plus they're pretty low maintenance for the most part. The hardest part would be convincing all the other plants they're not allowed to grow anymore.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • PageZPageZ Posts: 87
    Hardy Geranium. 
  • Aquilegia it starts early and if dead headed will last months, with a range of colours. As it self seeds assured succession. 😁
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,721

    For my garden in SW France it would have to be something that can stand up to heat and drought in summer and cold in winter, so, like Nollie in Spain, salvias, but not all, would be a good choice I think.

    I would not choose fuschias, the deer have eaten them all this summer after years of not touching them. They also eat hardy geraniums, I've had to move them into the fenced part of the garden.

    For OH's garden in Norfolk I would probably choose roses, especially perfumed ones. There is a big selection of height and colour.

    I'm afraid I don't like grasses. They always look like weeds to me, even the big ones.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Ferns, for a fabulous Jurassic garden.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,237
    Hexagon said:
    If I could only grow one type of plant, I would choose trees.
    Yes if I had the space I would agree.

    Would it be cheating to say 'shrubs'? I think it would be making things too easy so for a small town garden I'm sticking with grasses.
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