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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.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,059
    Penstemon they flower for months
    'Garnet'


    P.Hidcote Pink


    I've also got White Bedder and Raven which is much bigger than the others - they all flower for ages
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  • Jason millyJason milly Posts: 546
    Thanks that will be one for the list. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,158
    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
  • 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: 1,696
    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 DevonPosts: 20,519
    Veronica flowers forever. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FritillariaScotlandFritillariaScotland AyrshirePosts: 67
    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: 4,118
    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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