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martin 57martin 57 Posts: 4

what perenial plants/ flowers can be bought to replace the annual bedding plants that we always are planting digging up throwing away that we do with pansies, marigolds, salvias, lobellia, that sort of thing


  • lazy gardenerlazy gardener Posts: 317

    That is like asking what sort of car should I buy to replace this one

    There are loads of perennial plants available-just depends on what you like,soil conditions,location aspect.....................

    A trip to the GC would give you plenty of ideasimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,787

    And some visits to other peoples gardens. Plenty open in June for ngs, red cross, village open gardens, private open gardens. Go and look. At the smaller gardens you'll find the garden owners there ready to answer any questions. Or take photos and post them here for ID. 

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683 this link takes you to a good list of perennial plants. Browse at your leisure !

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 806

    A few that come to mind: Lithodora, a lovely deep blue-flowered creeping plant. Coreopsis, glorious yello flowers, although they tend to die after a few years. Saxifrages, such as "London Pride". Dianthus. Hellebores. Aquilegia. Thift (good for thin, stony soil). Pulmonaria (good for damper, shadier places). Most of these will spread or self-seed so you only need a small bit to start you off - I agree with Nutcutlet above, look out for summer fetes etc with plant stall where you can pick these things up cheaply, or beg some bits from other people's gardens.

  • martin 57martin 57 Posts: 4

    thanks people .. the garedn plot is oblong about 10foot by 7 foot island style ( drive way and path surround it . it is east facing with good morning and afternoon sun.dont want great big massive plants want variety already got lupins, sweet pes , bluebells, from previous owners. this year we just put bog standard bedding plants in , the usual culprits that are on sale at the moment so we can have some colour this year

  • martin 57martin 57 Posts: 4

    oh forgot soil is unloved over many years so going to need feeding up, good drianage thou and we live mid wales border

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