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ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

I want to make a Herbaceous Perrenial Flowering Border. The area is already prepared and has Clematis on the trellis going up the fence and some annuals at the moment.

The site is 3metres wide and comes out 60cm from the fence

Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can plant?

Soil is Neutral to Slightly Acidic 

The plants could be up to 1metre high without really blocking out the Clematis



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    I grow perennial lobelia(not like the bedding type), alstroemeria,aster,echinacea-

    just a few- that don't get that tall

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Heleniums, Lobelia Cardinalis, Salvias, Day Lilies, Sedums. You may need a theme to stop it looking bitty.

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I like the Perrenial Lobelia. Spotted it in the Garden Centre yesterday. It had a scarlet stem

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    And the slugs just adore it.
  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Would consider putting some spring flowering bulbs in - daffs, tulips etc. As the herbaceous stuff's coming up, the bulbs will be going over.
  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I was thinking of doing that too. Theres a tonne of bulbs waiting dormant in the fridge at the moment.

    Anyway here is the Bed



  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    One of the reasons why so many people are recommending perennial lobelia (I have some myself) is that it is in flower just now. However, you really want a variety of plants that will flower in the Spring, and mid-Summer, and, possibly, in late Autumn.

    I'd also echo figrat's comment, that perennial lobelia is particularly vulnerable to slugs, far more so than most other plants.

    I was going to suggest a couple of lupins - they flower a lot earlier in the year, though they too are highly vulnerable to slugs.

    Perhaps you could do with some more varieties of clematis, to flower at different times to the one you have.

    I'm not sure why you're rulling out annuals. Even if you have perennials you'll still need to do some maintence.

  • i would plant.. penstemons... sedum... lilly...  weigelia (for some form) cransebill geraniums.. grannys bonnets... primulas (shaded by large plants) i could go on but yur bed is not large enough.. i like a mix of all those and flowers throughout year then.. and of course some bulbs..

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I'm not ruling out annuals totally. It's just that I have about 6 or 7 other beds and Countless pots closer to the house for annual plants :P

    Thanks for all the recommendations by the way guys, some of those flowers are very pretty.

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