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hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

I have some gaps in my border so am hoping to go to the garden centre tomorrow. Are there any good do-ers in your borders that you can recommend? Good do-ers because they flower all summer long or have a beautiful perfume or they rock your boat in some other way.

'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,841

    Good doers for me are plants that don't turn up their toes in our cold winters.

    Hostas, astilbes, hemerocallis, Japanese anemones, chelone, assorted hardy geraniums, pulmonaria, geums, potentillas, perennial cornflowers in assorted colours, lysimachia clethroides alba, physostegia, lysimachia Firecracker, phlox, anchusa, astrantia, filipendula, agatache, catanache, Shasta daisies, peonies........

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Forgotten about shastas - they flower for a long time don't they?


    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Katherine WKatherine W Posts: 410

    I love the common ox eye daisy of fields... it is my "signature" flower, in a way. In garden soil it becomes a beautiful flowering monster (it does selfseed quiete a lot). If in shad-ish or sunny but moist, eucheras are a neverending delight. A bit expensive upfront, but you can soon divide them and get many.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Well, I was at the garden centre today at half ten - early doors for me these days esp. as it is half an hour away. Came out with Penstemon Blackbird, Helenium Moorheim Beauty, Leucanthemum Highland White Dream, Rudbeckia Goldsturm and a couple of lupins colour unknown. And a couple of dark leaved dahlias for pots. Well pleased with my selection. That lot should extend my flowering season a bit.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  •  I bought Heleniums AND aster frikartii Monch last year. Neither has survivedimage and I have no idea why. I love both of these plants. If I find them again in a garden centre I'll have another go...

  • Yes, it could be - though I did try to keep them well watered. They both died off over the winter and I can't even remember where they were! I'm very disappointed.

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