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Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 994
Looking for a suggestion to replace the Erysimum Bowles' Mauve that took the cold snap rather poorly. As my experience shows, you get 2 good years out of these, especially the second year, but after that it becomes a woody mess.

I'm planning to get my house on the market this year so looking to make the most of the space for some impact in the relatively limited time I may have here and fancy something different. (have has an erysimum in this spot for about 3-4 years)

What else could fill the space very quickly (around 1m x 1m) this year and have a good flowering impact over at least a few months? Getting to a decent size quickly in a small time is key.

Site is dry in full sun and sandy soil.
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  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    When would you be looking to start viewings? Gives us an idea as to when the flowers would need to be ready by 😊
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Verbena bonariensis lollipop (but shorter than the traditional variety, but still a good 1.2m) is brilliant for quick flowering and filling a space. Plus it’s relatively cheap if you’re leaving it behind.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,872
    How big an area do you need to fill? Is it sunny or shady?
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    Drop in some ready-to-flower tall wallflowers.  After the frost drop in stocks and snap dragons that are ready to bloom.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 994
    How big an area do you need to fill? Is it sunny or shady?
    Site is dry in full sun and sandy soil, around 1m x 1m.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 994
    Almost tempted to have a cluster of sun flowers in the area actually. Will add a nice bit of height too.
  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    If you are moving why bother to change. You can get Erysimum in other colours.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 994
    I fancy a change. Not like I'm shelling out extra money on anything, just fancy something different.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,133
    You need them flower March to June?
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 994
    Not necessarily. 

    Maybe it's easier to think of in these terms- I don't want something that only flowers for a couple of months maximum.

    I've always liked fuchsias and dahlias because they go on for months so something in a similar spirit, but not them.

    All suggestions welcome of course.
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