What plants for herbaceous border

I have a fairly new herbaceous border but struggling with what to plant to avoid complete bare area for later in year plus spring.  Currently have rudbeckia, helenium, helianthus, aquiligea, geum, crocosmia, penstemon. Up until now looked like a huge patch of dirt only - heavy clay soil, south facing.


  • EllenTEllenT Posts: 2

    sedums, flag iris, osteospernum, hellebores, abutilon, perenial geraniums, how's that for starters?

  • Great, was thinking of just yellow/orange colours but of course it doesn't matter if flowering at different times in the year does it; thank you.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 27,882

    A drift or two of daffs and narcissus for spring means you can have perennials in the same spot which will replace them later on. Some of the early species Tulips come in orangey/yellows and they would give early colour . I'd suggest a few evergreens for structure over the winter and early spring too. You can keep it very simple using some of the smaller Hebes  although you'd need to dig in some grit so that they're happier in the soil over winter, and, if you like them, some of the smaller grasses like Carexes will be fine there. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Many thanks to everyone...great and encouraging ideas to try.

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