I've removed a number of overgrown and not very attractive shrubs from some of my garden and want to have some cottage-garden type borders.
So over the last couple of yrs I've been planting perennials interspersed with annuals.
I seem to have to stake just about all perennials over about 18" as they tend to flop if not staked and the taller they are the more staking required or the more they flop.
I imagine that a good cottage-style border has perennials/annuals that support each other from generally low growing plants at the front to hollyhocks and the like at the back.
Are any of you kind and knowledgeable folk out there able to suggest perennials that can hold their own?
Garden faces south - good generally well-drained topsoil on top of clay
e.g. my Baby Joe Pie weed is just coming into flower at abt 4' and is completely upright and lends support to other plants, so more like that would be good.
Lollipop Verbena is usually good but mine has reached 7' this year and thanks to the rough weather atm is laying everywhere too!