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In July most of our flowering plants have stopped but thats when i need some flowers. Ive tried anenome (Japanese) but it only lasted a year. We are left with iceplant and honeysuckle for July / aug / sept. I also throw some nasturtium seeds in to get some colour. Ive bought lavender to attract the bees but wondered if anyone had any ideas? - i've lost so many to slugs and our clay over the years.
I have clay soil (old brickworks next door) and Japanese Anemone grows well, but they do seem to like being in partial shade. I also use Penstemon and dahlias to get late summer colour.
ah thanks! I had the anenomes in a really sunny border. Do you grow the dalias from bulbs in the clay soil?
I grow some important to me in pots then plant out and dig up in Autumn, others stay out all year but I know I could lose them at anytime. I try and put them in the areas that are slightly drier in the winter to try and cut down the risk of them drowning
I've got clay soil and I have several plants that bloom Aug/sept. I love my heliopsis, tall yellow daisy flowers.Like to spread so keep it under control, but it will bloom for a good 8-9 weeks. Valerian, michaelmas daisy, marigolds, golden rod, gaillardia, all seem to love the clay. A favourite is Hypericum 'Magical red star' has pretty yellow flowers which fade and scarlet red berries follow, so the colour goes on for ages.
Hope I've been some help. I keep a diary of whats flowering and when, so I can see at a glance when plants are at their best,