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Plant suggestion please

Hi there

I'm looking for a new plant for my full sun bed. Its quite dry soil, and has full sun from 11am until sun set.

I'm currently growing agapanthus (grows very well) and echinacea (earwigs are destroying it). I want to get rid of the echinacea and grow something orange in colour. Hopefully something that flowers for a long period of time. 

Do you have any suggestions for me to look into?

Thank you!


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Heleniums are lovely they flower later in the year.
    Day lillies (Hemerocallis) come in orange varieties as do knophia (red hot poker) Dahlia and geums.
    Depends on how much space you have.
  • We'd all like to grow something orange that flowers for a long time (sigh), but unfortunately normal garden conditions tend to get in the way... Here are some ideas anyway. You could try a long-flowering (but short-lived) Geum, such as 'Totally Tangerine'. Some red hot pokers (Kniphofia) and day lilies (Hemerocallis) are orange, and flower for a fairly long time. Echinacea seem impossible, unless you have a prairie--someone will correct me on this, no doubt. Tithonia from seed are good. A pretty reliable and very long-flowering plant, but rich yellow rather than orange, is Rudbeckia. I love orange Crocosmia, but no-one would accuse them of being long-flowering. Let us know if you solve the problem...
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Take a look at Erysimum 'Apricot Twist'. They can be quite long flowering. A small size Geum called Geum Borisii. Looks delicate, but reasonably long flowering in ideal conditions. 
  • Thank you everyone. I'll look into all of those tonight  :)
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