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auntie bettyauntie betty Posts: 208

What are your top 5 plants you'd never want to be without - because you love them for themselves as individuals or because they're indispensable as part of a group? Thought it'd be interesting to hear what other people are mad about and maybe get some ideas for things thata might not have come naturally.  Mine are:

bergenia, because its huge evergreen leaves show everything nearby off brilliantly (and snails eat my hostas). You do need huge clumps though.

hardy geraniums, because they grow anywhere, flower for ages and are generally a nice polite green clump the rest of the time. Very very useful.

pyracantha, because they wilingly clothe my shady walls and fences with evergreen leaves, plus flowers, plus berries, so work really hard.

irises, because there's one for almost every situation, and sometimes you just need that leafy spike in your scheme. And the flowers are a bonus.

heuchera, because a well-behaved, evergreen (or silver, or purple, or orange, or lime) clump of something that flowers for an age is truly indispensable front of border plant.

And smoke bush. Because I love it. Especially with the sun behind it. I know thats 6. I don't care. I'm not leaving out smoke bush. And bamboo. And ivies. And ferns. And aruncus. And darmera... Ha! I'm an addict.



  • bush rose   i love them so much ther great i love them all

    climbing rose  there great the sent of the flower is just amzing

    Japanese Maples there just  amazing really lovey in autum

     virginea creeper  just great that all i can say

    afican lily  love them so much

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Lavender for scent

    Pelargoniums for coping with the dry conditions

    Dahlias for the outrageous flowers

    Euphorbias great foliage

    Violas for winter colour.


  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 802

    Hellebores, for lovely classy blooms in winter and spring.

    Quince tree (proper quince, not the climbing Japanese quince) because it's one of the first to come into leaf and the last to drop its leaves. It's lovely when in blossom, and we even get a few quinces as a bonus.

    Snakeshead fritillary - I mean, a check-patterned flower? Magic!

    Lavender for instant aromatherapy.

    Clematis of various sorts, for their profuse blossoms.

    Ask me again tomorrow and I'd think of five more, no problem. And that's just the ornamentals, I could start all over again when it comes to vegetables and herbs.


  • auntie bettyauntie betty Posts: 208

    Yeah, forgot euphorbias... Wulfenii and martinii and robbiae for me, though it tends to wander off in my garden. Do fancy a quince, y'know.... may have just the spot.... what soil conditions do they prefer?

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    If I had a garden filled with Acers, Hostas, Ivies, Tulips and Alliums...I would be content.image

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    My top five are as follows ;-

    1. Japanese Maples
    2. Hosta
    3. petunia/surfina
    4. clematis
    5. iris
  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Oh dear, I left out ferns  image What would I do without ferns???image

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 977

    Honeysuckles particularly fragrantessima

    Clematis particularly armandii

    Hardy geraniums - can't single one out!

    Lavenders particularly Hicote

    Cornus particularly kousa

    and trees......

  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

    So many favourites!   But how about dierama, which I fell in love with at The Garden House, in Devon.     It doesn't like being moved and sulks, though.    I am hoping the one I planted after moving it two years ago might favour me with one stem of flowers at least this year.    Fingers crossed.

  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 512

    hyacinths for that springtime scent

    pinks for their toughness and scent

    lilies for their bright colours and scent

    lavender for.... guess what

    hebes for their many varieties, a shape and size for anywhere

    and of course clematis, because they love to show off!

    OOps! that's 6 but I could go on all night. I think I see a pattern there somewhere!


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