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Colour. In garden

Hi I'm pretty new to gardening so would like a little help please. I have a reasonably large garden mainly lawned but have 2 bordered off sections for flowers etc, this year I planted into them mainly bedding plants,but my trouble is that now (the first week in September) all the plants I planted are dead or very nearly,leaving it looking very dull. Could anyone help by naming plants I could plant to give me colour for longer,or plants to give me all year round colour and interest. Thank you for any help.


  • Grasses are great value at this time of the year, some lovely red ones. Heleniums, phlox, echinacea, seems still flowering now.
  • Sorry that should stay sedums!
  • PdhPdh Posts: 10
    Thank you for your advice, when is the best time to buy and plant?
  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    If you like strong (gaudy) colours dahlias are a good option. You can buy them in March and they should flower from July to the frosts.

    If you want to grow flowers from seed Cosmos are good for late colour, they also do a great white.

    I also have some salvias, verbena, gaura, dianthus,zinnias,lobelia cardinalis still flowering. All planted in the spring.

  • PdhPdh Posts: 10
    Thank you Kate for all your help
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,045

    Japanese anemones are flowering now as are chelone (good for damp soils), physostegia, sedums, phlox and hardy geraniums.    Caryopteris and perovskia are in full blue bloom now, both are small to medium shrubs which get cut back each spring to renew vigour so they don't get too big.   My hemerocallis are still flowering and heleniums, helianthemums and Michaelmas daisies are great for late season colour.




    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • .... and in addition to all of those, you might like to think about some plants to give colour (and provide nectar for bees) during the Spring, because they may need to be planted now.

  • PdhPdh Posts: 10
    Gary such as? Any advice is well appreciated with me being a noviice.

    Obelixx thank you have noted your suggestions. And what makes it more appealing is the shrub suggestion at least they come yearly.

    Thank you all xxxxxx
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,045

    Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, hellebores, winter pansies and violas, winter flowering heathers, sarcococca (winter box with scented flowers) and no doubt many more but these are easily available and the bulbs can go in now, under your other new stuff.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Plants for spring could be Lunaria, Wallflowers, Hellebores or spring bulbs, daffodils,snowdrops. You may wish to invest in a winter flowering shrub like Mahonia, Viburnum, Skimmia or an evergreen climber like Clematis Freckles.

    Do you have a theme for your garden?

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