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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 9,741

    Welsh poppy which I have everywhere - they may spoil my planting colour arrangements, but their bright cheery yellow flowers keep me and the bumble bees happy most of the year.image

    Pinks - glorious scent and trouble-free.

    Aquilegia - interesting & early foliage, beautiful & elegant flowers, trouble-free.

    Hardy geraniums, particularly 'Buxton's blue', a low-growing ground cover, pretty leaves and beautiful blue flowers until the first frosts - wherever there is bare earth, this gets planted!

    Clematis - planted wherever there is room for something to climb, and sometimes where there isn't!

     

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • JengilJengil Posts: 35

    Hardy Geraniums

    Hebes

    Hostas

    Primulas

    Nepeta

     

    A funny mix, but what I seem to have most of.

     

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    my top 5 are

    iris

    tulips and alliums and snowdrops

    aquilegias

    penstemons

    lavender

    to be honest i could do a top 10..but will leave it at that.

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    my top 5 are

    beared iris

    tulips and alliums and snowdrops

    aquilegias

    penstemons

    lavender

    to be honest i could do a top 10..but will leave it at that.

    jengil.. i also love primulas.. i relly could do a list of 10 or even 20..

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    oh arh... it has done it twice..image

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    can i just stick hellebores in there sneakily.. as i adore them..

  • Lilly Of The Valley, the fragrance is one of my all time favourites

    Albertine Rose, tough as old boot and is currently out growing an ivy covered hedge!

    Delphiniums, height and grace

    Acquilegia, always a surprise what comes up

    Primula Vulgaris, early colour and a bit of the countryside happy in the garden

  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Oh wow, only 5 ?  image

     

    it'd have to be:

     

    paeonies - only just getting into them, as I normally like small flowers, but these great blousey ones are just great.  I've gone from having none to now having 6 ready to plant out.

    hellebores, amongst the ones I have, one is lime green and I love it !

    snakes head frittilaries - I had to leave the ones I had at my last house, as I couldn't find the bulbs in the ground, should explain, I stripped my garden of plants and brought them ALL with me image

    erm, next I guess would be an old type rose, taking me back to my childhood, I have a lemon coloured one in the garden (that I brought with meimage) and it actually smells of lemons, wonderful,

    and finally, I think it would have to be lavendar, as my Mum and Dad had a massive lavendar bush in the front garden when I was a child, and I don't think you can beat the relaxing calming smell of it.

     

    and as everyone else seems to be sneakingly adding others, can I add double snowdrops and aqualegias ?  I had a lovely pink and white grannies bonnet one, and a lime green one which have disappeared over the years, but now I have purple ones, white and purple ones, and my red and yellow one has gone all red and raspberry this year ?? confused.dot.com and also the garden I've inherited since moving in December has just thrown up a lovely fussy flowered aqualegia which I reckon must be called raspberry ripple.  My signature picture is of it in its infancy, as I loved the lime green of it, but now it's all raspberry ripple, pink, green, and white.

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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Foxgloves - for their natural grace

    Cirsium - love the rich colour, and bees love them too

    Buphthalmum - it's a wonderful bee plant

    Roses - for their colour, though short flowering period, and of little use to wildlife

    Lilies - spectacular statement plants

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    to be honest it would be better to ask me for my top 5 most hated.. i would struggle to list five that wayimage

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