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11/01/2014 at 19:37

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what plants would complement Inula? The plant is in a south facing sunny position.


11/01/2014 at 20:24

Not sure if my Inula is this variety, but it is quite large, and it always flops, about 4-5 feet across. Good yellow colour so add something brick-red such as gaillardia.

11/01/2014 at 20:35

My advice with Inula is to beware of self seeding. Mine seeded everywhere and, at first, I was thrilled, but , as wonderboy says, they're big and have a great  root system. Whip out any unwanted seedlings early . They look lovely with a vigorous catmint like Six Hills Giant.

11/01/2014 at 21:25

Have tried to grow them here in Cheshire but my soil is very sandy - they just give up the ghost! Match them with something Sky Blue - lovely!

11/01/2014 at 21:31

or a purple leaved shrub, sambucus maybe.

I don't think I. hookeri is as tall as WW's but spreads well.

12/01/2014 at 09:01

Hmm, I posted some suggestions last night then lost the post and gave up and had a G&T 

The suggestions I came up with were:

Echinops globe thistles 

Actea James Compton or similar with dark purplish red foliage

Lobelia Vedrariensis 

Some of the grasses with reddish purplish tinged flowers would also look good, e.g. Miscanthus Sinensis Morning Light

12/01/2014 at 15:12

Just thought of something else - Perovskia Blue Spire (Russian Sage) - would look great 

12/01/2014 at 16:33

Thank you all for your suggestions. I enjoy this time of  year when nothing much can be done outside so plans can be made to improve areas of dissatisfaction. You have helped enormously. Thank you.

13/01/2014 at 15:04

Lots of different suggestions coming through - will try and have another go with the plant and see if I can get them going - the blue and yellow colour match always looks good especially with Iris's with I have and hopefully they will reappear this year

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