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ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 353
I am looking for perennials that can tolerate a windy garden. I have Geum (Mrs Bradshaw) that I have grown from seed - would they be any good for a windy bed? 
Any suggestions appreciated. 🙂
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  • AstroAstro Posts: 366
    Geums from my experience are fine in windy conditions, the flower stems tend to sway and flowers are quickly replaced after chopping even they did get flattened.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,128
    Geums tend to flop at the best of times, so not ones to rely on for a show of flowers, though they are tough plants and unlikely to succumb.
    My garden is at 1300ft in the Pennines,and windy most days, but plenty of plants will cope once well established. I have a Euphorbia Fireglow, which provides a good shelter belt and looks good for most of the year, for one bed of Heleniums, dahlias and Potentilla.
    In my long border, fully exposed to the weather, I rely on clumping plants, like Phlox, Campanulas, Leucanthemum and crocosmias which usually stay erect and help shelter less robust neighbours on their lee side. I have dahlias tucked in among other plants with just a small cane apiece and they have been fine, despite some very strong winds. Hardy geraniums can take a battering and come up smiling.
    Planting things close together helps as they support each other, but it pays to get in early with canes and twine or wire hoops to ensure things don't flop or get damaged while they are still young and tender, spoiling the show.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,083
    It geum should be fine as it is airy and there are many more forms to extend the colour range.. 

    The shorter form of verbena bonariensis should be good too altho I find the tall one is fine if surrounded by other plants that hold it up.  Sturdy plants like kniphofia should be good and crocosmia too if you like spiky foliage.   

    Gauras will look fab dancing in the wind and you could have eryngiums for a stab of bue and silver.   

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,547
    The shrubby  'Greggii' type of salvias will stand any amount of wind, and are pretty hardy as long as they're in free-draining soil.  
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    What else is in the bed? I grow perennials among shrubs to help with support. 
    I'd agree with the others re geraniums, euphorbia and crocosmia. Shrubbier plant types, or lower growing ones, are always sturdier. That shorter Verbena- rigida copes well. It's supposedly not fully hardy, but I've had mine for several years, and it's coped with plenty of long, sub zero spells- even below minus 10. It's in a sheltered, raised bed, which probably helps. 
    The only fully hardy salvia is S. caradonna, and it will certainly take a fair bit of abuse. 
    I find Liatris and Aquilegias pretty good at withstanding wind, and most of the [later ] Japanese anemones are fine too.  Hemerocallis are also pretty robust.  :)
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  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 562
    Salvia
    Fuchsia
    Lavender 
    Ice plant
    Tree peony..
  • PlantmindedPlantminded WirralPosts: 1,283
    Assuming your border gets some sun, your soil is in good condition and the wind is not extreme, try Lythrum salicaria "Robin", or the shorter Lythrum virgatum Rosy Gem, Eupatorium dubium "Baby Joe", Helenium "Sahin's Early Flowerer" and an ornamental grass, Panicum Northwind.  They've all survived unseasonal high winds in my garden!
  • ShepherdsBarnShepherdsBarn DevonPosts: 353
    So many options! Thank you everyone - that is really helpful.
    The bed is a bit of a mess at the moment @Fairygirl - we have been growing flax, which has now finished so I need to take it out and we have lots of evening primrose which is staying as it flowers into autumn and I love the colour. There is also acanthus 🙄, which has to stay because my husband loves it, angels fishing rod and bleeding heart. The bed needs a good overhaul. 🤦🏼‍♀️ We have another bed, next to the septic tank which has an overlarge hebe and again MORE acanthus - which I think is destined to go.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,607
    I’m  not far from @ShepherdsBarn so can sympathise with the wind.
    I am turning over a lot of my garden to penstemons,  got quite a few but taking more cuttings than usual this year.
    I have Acanthus and Dierama,  both stand the wind.
    I have some clumps of Veronica Blue Spire,  they’re good if you can put a big ring support around them otherwise they look like the cat’s slept in them.
    All of the geraniums are a good bet.  They’ll take the weather. 
    My OH has just pickaxed all of my bed of Hostas,  totally slug eaten and look awful,  I’ve got a hardy hedge fuchsias with little white flowers to go in there that I did from cuttings last year.  Much easier to manage and they survive the wind. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Have a very windy garden too. Fairly new but so far penstemon, salvia caradonna/royal bumble/hot lips, gaura, shasta daisy, crocosmia and geums all flying along. Grasses always a good bet too, they look great rustling in a breeze.
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