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Just wondering - if you could pick any three ‘must have’ plants for a British garden what would they be? 


  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 368
    Personally, hollyhocks, verbena boneriensis and roses.
  • thanks, I’ve never tried growing hollyhocks are they quite straightforward?
  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    edited August 2020
    My choice would be tomatoes, onions and potatoes.  Goes without saying I'd need the herbs to go with each of those  :)
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • gjautosgjautos BuckinghamshirePosts: 368
    thanks, I’ve never tried growing hollyhocks are they quite straightforward?
    Yes. About the easiest of all plants. Once you have them in your garden they give you lots of freebies every year. Sometimes a few too many!
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,021
    This is tough.

    That few requires them all to earn their keep with a long flowering season. Based on that I immediately thought of dahlias and fuchsias as the first two. Flowers from June into October. 

    Reckon I'd probably go with scabious as the third but that might depend on my mood.
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    Clematis, fatsia japonica and spring bulbs
  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,900
    Persicaria amplexicaulis would be in there ('Rosea' if I had to pick). Sedum (probably 'Matrona'). Probably also a rose, Marlorena would have to advise me on the longest lasting type, but 'Rosarie de l'Hay' is nice.
  • Sazz101Sazz101 BucksPosts: 183
    Tulips, dahlias and agapanthus. 
  • rachelQrtJHBjbrachelQrtJHBjb South BucksPosts: 809
    Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' because it flowers from June to the first frosts if I deadhead it frequently. Euphorbia palustris - fabulous shot of lime in the Spring border, looks good all summer and then displays fine autumn tints. Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii' - breathtaking when in flower and super autumn foliage.
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,267
    Lavender, verbena bonariensis and roses.
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