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I want to make a Herbaceous Perrenial Flowering Border. The area is already prepared and has Clematis on the trellis going up the fence and some annuals at the moment.
The site is 3metres wide and comes out 60cm from the fence
Does anyone have any recommendations on what I can plant?
Soil is Neutral to Slightly Acidic
The plants could be up to 1metre high without really blocking out the Clematis
I grow phlox.red perennial lobelia(not like the bedding type), alstroemeria,aster,echinacea-
just a few- that don't get that tall
Heleniums, Lobelia Cardinalis, Salvias, Day Lilies, Sedums. You may need a theme to stop it looking bitty.
I like the Perrenial Lobelia. Spotted it in the Garden Centre yesterday. It had a scarlet stem
I was thinking of doing that too. Theres a tonne of bulbs waiting dormant in the fridge at the moment.
Anyway here is the Bed
One of the reasons why so many people are recommending perennial lobelia (I have some myself) is that it is in flower just now. However, you really want a variety of plants that will flower in the Spring, and mid-Summer, and, possibly, in late Autumn.
I'd also echo figrat's comment, that perennial lobelia is particularly vulnerable to slugs, far more so than most other plants.
I was going to suggest a couple of lupins - they flower a lot earlier in the year, though they too are highly vulnerable to slugs.
Perhaps you could do with some more varieties of clematis, to flower at different times to the one you have.
I'm not sure why you're rulling out annuals. Even if you have perennials you'll still need to do some maintence.
i would plant.. penstemons... sedum... echinacea...day lilly... weigelia (for some form) cransebill geraniums.. grannys bonnets... primulas (shaded by large plants) i could go on but yur bed is not large enough.. i like a mix of all those and flowers throughout year then.. and of course some bulbs..
I'm not ruling out annuals totally. It's just that I have about 6 or 7 other beds and Countless pots closer to the house for annual plants :P
Thanks for all the recommendations by the way guys, some of those flowers are very pretty.
Full sun practically all day. Soil is part clay but I have improved it so its not so heavy. Area stays surprisingly moist.
I have chosen and planted the flowers that I liked and that have a good heighth and spread.
I went for a Pink and White theme which I'm hoping will work well
Anemone x Hybrida 'Andrea Atkinson'
Lobelia 'Russian Princess'
Penstemon Pensham 'Amelia Jane'
Leucanthemum 'Broadway Lights'
I will add spring and summer bulbs to this too so I have colour all the year round
Sounds lovely, hope we will see photos next year.
Never posted the photos for this thread so here goes!
Newly Planted 24/08/2012
And exactly a year later
Most strange. I was just thinking about herbaceous borders. Then I spotted this thread. Probably my notes will be of little help to the author however, let's try and spread a little enlightenment.
Herbaceous border. For most of us we probably visualize the garden of a stately home etc. A wall of vibrant colours etc. Now to transfer that lengthy well stocked border into my tiny back yard. Certainly not easy. For one thing. That delightful border is possibly many decades old. Well established. In comparrason, ouy back yrad strip will, let's be honest. Never look anything like that. So. Perhaps we might come down to earth. Unless you have a very large garden, pots of money, or can employ a couple of top class gardeners/propagators. Let's settle for. That strip along side the lawn. Most of these growing areas are not going to allow wide, deep planting. So, whereas the traditional herbaceous borde contains mostly perennials. For our tiny strip, go ahead and plant what is most pleasing to your eye. Plant a mixture, of annuals, along with biennials and the perennials. That way you will get a strip, that offers interest throughout the year.
Yes, but get some foliage comtrast in there too. The odd evergreen even if small. The odd evergreen grass. And something for the winter.