Posted: Yesterday at 00:25
Beaus Mum, the coreopsis will be pink, red and orange; the penstemons will be red, red and white and purple. I just love a good splash of colour, although sometimes I have "pink/white" sections, "blue/white" etc. Thanks for considering it.
Verdun, thanks as always for your suggestions. I knew I could rely on you You may be able to help my thinking and planning here. I generally research what a plant needs - type of soil, conditions etc and plan from there. But, I'm finding that some of the information I glean, is not always accurate. So, for example, I looked at all your suggestions and found the following:-
Heleniums - need good drainage, which my clay soil won't have in winter?
Aconitums - flower late summer/autumn - these are very pretty but I think they may be too late flowering, once my coreopsis and penstemums are established?
Acteas, cimicifugas - these look a good possibility. Are they ok with very wet soil in winter?
Rudbekias (which I love) - are they ok with very dry soil in the summer?
Aster frikartii Monch - oooh, beautiful. I've never seen these before. Do you think they'll be ok with a very wet soil?
And even after hours of research and planning, I still sometimes seem to get the wrong plants in the wrong beds! After a year of gardening, I've had loads of success which gives me great encouragement and plenty of failures too, but I do SO much enjoying working it all out. No planning or research though, is going to make up for practical experience, which is why this forum is so useful.