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Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
I am looking for some perennial plants that have a long flowing period and don't become to much of a thug, the look I an after is a cottage garden.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,944
    Penstemon they flower for months

    P.Hidcote Pink

    I've also got White Bedder and Raven which is much bigger than the others - they all flower for ages

    Billericay - Essex

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  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    Thanks that will be one for the list. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,633
    edited June 2021
    Salvias, there are different sorts. Salvia nemerosa are good for cottage gardens. Nepeta, Walkers Low, there are others too.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Galega bicolor, Goat's Rue, has lilac and white pea flowers for several months. It grows to about 4 ft tall but is not invasive, and is under-rated. There is a white form as well.

    Heleniums flower for several months.

    Some geraniums also have a long season, eg Rozanne.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,528
    Astrantias are great. When they are setting seed just cut these back and they will reflower.
    A brilliant cottage plant to have and so many available.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,868
    Veronica flowers forever. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • You could give aubrieta a go, I got a teeny pot in Sainsbury's last year and it has done amazingly well in a container. It has been on the go since early spring this year and it keeps going strong.
  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    All sounding good keep them coming. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462
    But one of the things I love most is going out to see what's come into flower today. Would really miss that if everything stayed more or less the same all summer!
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