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Looking for a splash of colour

Hi All,

I have a fairly large balcony (30 square metres, 300 square feet). I have quite a lot going on out there, and I'm quite pleased with how it looks. I've tried to aim for a cottage garden kind of feel, with lots of smaller pots, a few climbers, plenty of foliage and herbs. Because of space constraints, I try for long flowering season. I always prefer perennials where feasible, and don't mind spending quite a bit of time wrapping things up in winter. I've had a good run with that, even keeping my olive tree going for quite a few years now.

I've noticed however that I'm leaning towards blues, mauves and pinks with all the lavender, violas, catmint, pinks, wallflower, sweet alyssum, campanulas and lobelias.

So what I'd like to add would be something really bold to offset all that. I'm thinking something orange or yellow, with a long flowering season. Any suggestions would be gratefully received!

Thanks you.



  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,452

    Hi, what about Guem mixed in with other plants lady stratheden nice 

    Heleniums  - Rudbeckia  - hemerocallis - Crocosmia -  dahlias - calandula

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    I'm not sure your would like the effect you get if you add a clash to pale pinks and mauves.  You might be better going for something striking that would compliment the colours you have.  Take a look at Lupin Masterpiece and some of the very dark Salvias such as Nachtvlinder also Salvia Nemorosa Caradonna.  Knautia Thunder and Lightening would also add a shot of colour that would work with my other suggestions.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,543

    Hmmm much as I like clashing colours, maybe Yviestevie has a point. Maybe a hot pink Salvia ('Wendy's Wish'?)would add drama in colour and form, while complementing your colour theme a little better.

    For oranges, Phygellius comes to mind. Available in red through orange to greeny-white.

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