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RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
Hi all I am after some expert garden advice please!

I have a raised bed measuring approx 60cm × 120cm, location is Derbyshire, a full sun position, soil conditions are pure compost (cheap b&q stuff).

I'm looking for 3 or 4 flowering perennials that can flower in succession to give me some colour in the raised bed over as much of the year as possible. Eg, first one flowers April/May, second one June/July, third one August/September. I will then add a few other little short lived bits and bobs to provide more colour / interest, but would like it to have one reliably decent flowering plant for as long as possible.

Currently I have lots of little annual bits and bobs that all seems to flower at the same time then quickly die and it just looks a mess for most of the year! 

Can anyone think of a few nice plants that would compliment each other and fit in that space? It is also about 40cm tall so could have a trailing plant over the edge? If there's too many to choose from, I would prefer a purple / pink / white colour combo, but am open to anything! 

Thanks 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,060
    First of all- compost is no use. You'll need to add some soil, or well rotted manure or a J.Innes mix to that. Compost won't sustain perennials apart from the first few months.

    Hardy geranium[s] with spring bulbs, followed by a Salvia, Veronica or Agastache , then Asters will give you some succession. Alliums will also fit in well through the mix.
    There are lots more which will fit in to early/mid summer. Centaureas for example :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    @Fairygirl super thank you! This is for next year so I'll get something else added to the compost over the winter? 

    Will Google a few things you have mentioned now 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,060
    Achillea is another good summer plant - often going until early autumn or so.
    It came to mind because of another thread. There are pinks and whites so that should suit you  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,394
    For summer colour you can add Penstemons and Dahlias.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,103
    Species tulips + crocus - these die back quickly without any problems - early spring.
    Tulips in your chosen colours - April, May.
    Something that hides the foliage of tulips for summer - a lot of possible choices.
    And dahlias for late summer and autumn.
    Plus some small trailing plants around the edges.

    Or as a super easy combo, you could have just tulips + geranium Anne Thomson - it flowers from May to October. Or other similar geraniums.
    There are other plants with a very long flowering season - for example, scabious 'Butterfly Blue' would be in your colour scheme.
    If you want to add annuals, trailing lobelias around the edges would be lovely.
  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,483
    Horse sh!t!

    I mean dig in some horse manure this year ;) 


  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    edhelka said:
    Species tulips + crocus - these die back quickly without any problems - early spring.
    Tulips in your chosen colours - April, May.
    Something that hides the foliage of tulips for summer - a lot of possible choices.
    And dahlias for late summer and autumn.
    Plus some small trailing plants around the edges.

    Or as a super easy combo, you could have just tulips + geranium Anne Thomson - it flowers from May to October. Or other similar geraniums.
    There are other plants with a very long flowering season - for example, scabious 'Butterfly Blue' would be in your colour scheme.
    If you want to add annuals, trailing lobelias around the edges would be lovely.
    Super, thanks for the suggestions!
  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    Biglad said:
    Horse sh!t!

    I mean dig in some horse manure this year ;) 


    I will definitely (send my husband to) get some horse poo :)
  • RullahRullah Midlands UKPosts: 54
    For summer colour you can add Penstemons and Dahlias.
    Thank you, I'd never heard of penstemons before!
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,394
    Some penstemons survive winter better than others. The slimmer leaved ones, like "Garnet" are hardier.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
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