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Lupin border, but what else

My partner dug a long 20ish foot border this weekend and wants to put his purple lupins in. But what else will go and elongate the flowering season?? Help. Border is only 2 ft wide so I expect we will be billowing over. We like the cottage look. Thanks



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,963

    There are masses of plants with a cottagy look. Geraniums - I like Rozanne and Psilostemon, Veronicas, phlox, penstemons, dahlias, perennial salvias etc While the perennials are young you could always add some annuals in between. 

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,549

    First of all, congratulations to your partner for digging a 20 foot bed in a weekend. I hope that s/he was rewarded handsomely.

    If you like the cottage garden look you could do what cottage gardens used to do- grow veg in between the flowers. Runner beans, swiss chard (the bright lights variety is pretty), asparagus. There are lots of different things you could try. Even just lettuces.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • He nearly broke his back digging out sods of clay and replacing with decent soil. Just have to order a skip.


    i have just been to b&q and the silly sods have put stupid prices on their yellow label section. 6 foxgloves for £1 a big delph for £1. So I'm the new owner of ...

    8 delphiniums

    18 foxgloves


    1 astilbe (massive 8 inch pot)

    12 dianthus 


    all for the bargain price of £17. Wonder if they will be ok and hold each other up... Eeek, didn't think that far!!!


    why do b&q never water things!!!!!

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,549

    And next year you will be the proud owner of 180 foxgloves, all being well.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Well not sure I want that many but we will see! I couldnt resist at that price! 

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,325

    You could put in wigwams of canes and make use of the sky between the lupins tooimage

  • Sorry chicky I don't understand, been a long day!!

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,549

    I'm thinking runner beans, climbing up wigwams,  but I could be wrong.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,325

    Red - sorry, didn't mean to be cryptic.  Just meant that you might be able to squeeze some tripods of canes between the lupins and use them to grow climbers up, and make use of the empty space ("sky") above your new border.  You could try with sweetpeas this year to see if you like the effect, and move on to something perennial next year if it works as a look.

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