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Is anyone able to help please? I have too much earth on show between my shrubs and bulbs, which means endless weeding. Do you have any suggestions for plants I can add to fill in the gaps? I have mainly pink and purple colours.
I suggest that you plant more of the plants that you have, in groups of 3, 5 or 7 depending on the space available.
You could then hoe between them and mulch with compost to keep weeding to a minimum.
Thanks for the ideas. Hopefully it will be warm enough to get along to the garden centre soon and then i can put in some new plants.
There are some lovely perennial geraniums in pinks and purples that are good and filling in gaps.
I agree, Busy-Lizzie - I use Geranium wallichianum 'Buxton's Variety' all around my garden. It's fast growing, has both pretty leaves and flowers and it makes a great low-growing ground-cover.
Gazanias smile when the sun shines..I have found them more hardy than advertised. Has anyone else nursed them through winter to get a second season and were they as good?
I'd go for a good mixture of easy going perennials, something for all seasons. The bees will love you.
My vote would go with hardy geraniums too - I love the Roxanne one - flowers all summer for me. Orion is also good if you want something that is less groundcover and more of a mound.
I would say to steer clear of the double ones though - the flowers are pretty, but quite small, and not many of them in comparison with the single flowered plants.
Agree about the doubles chicky and no good for the bees either
Not as vigorous, either. And although geraniums are pretty tough, I lost my doubles.
Why not develop an interest in herbaceous perennials and use a variety of them. They are tough, colourful and give season-long interest if you choose well.
I love Roxanne too..it flowers forever. Apparently some clever hybridiser crossed one geranium that flowered early with another that flowered late and, hey presto. It is one of the bigger geraniums and needs a bit more space than most so I have to be a bit careful where it goes as it can flop over the plants nearby
Two other hardy geraniums of huge merit...psilostenum which has the most magical black-eyed cerise flowers that stand out in the crowd of often dull/pale pinks and mauves of the pack. Second Ann Folkard..a great favourite of Christopher LLoyd who grew it because it wanders around and climbs up throuh the plants nearby enhancing them with its yellow/green foliage and cerise flowers, again with an "eye". For example try it alongside lavendar.