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Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:17

My thinking too Steve.   The world is a scary place right now, so many leaders and would be leaders flexing their muscles itching to fight.  

Gap in my clay border

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 08:55

Morning Charlie

Heleniums do not like dry soil.  They enjoy wet soils.  However, I would incorporate some grit in the mixture locally.

Aconitums.....different vsrieties.  I have one in flower now and another that flowers later.  

Acteas.....your soil should be ideal.

Anything you plant should be helped by adding grit as said before......plenty for frikartii Monch which is worth trying.  It will flower forever .

Hackonechloa will certainly love your heavy wet soil....ok, a grass amd deciduous but womderful from spring to autumn

Agree with Beaus Mum about astrantias too.  Some very nice varieties....I grow a tall white, jewel like, one called jumble hole but dark red, pink, white and even a beautiful foliage variety Sunningdale Variegated.

If you're growing penstemons there all the above should do be fine too

Gap in my clay border

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 00:16

Of course ! 

Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 00:14

Well. Agree with Salino...again

Why tolerate a plant that doesn't thrive?  Yep, get rid and plant something that looks happy and makes the grower happy.

However, I like to think I have a little knowledge and skill .....I have no artistic flair with paintbrush yet feel I can be with plants.  It helps me feel I can be creative in my way. Yet a simple front garden full of marigolds or  dahlias or chrysanthemums can give huge pleasure to both grower and visitor alike without any apparent creativity at all. 

Instant Colour needed

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:56

Hiya labradouble

Im going to suggest an actea for the back.  Slightly hesitant because I've suggested this plant a couple of times elsewhere recently. No apologies...it's a lovely plant 

Acteas are perfect for heavy or dampish soils or for areas sheltered from direct sun.  Beautiful purple brown shaped foliage and growing to 6' when in flower.  The flowers are out now,,are scented and delicate but it's the foliage.  A classy architectural perennial.

In front of that rudbekia Goldsturn.

To trail ....well at least to partly overhang with foliage, liriope.  Liriope is evergreen, grass like and from end of August produces short spikes of purple flowers. Or a geranium like pink spice.  This has lovely brown foliage, is compact, mound forming and produces pink flowers all summer.  Another mound forming slightly trailing subject is a grass....hackonechloa or acorus Ogon or carex ever gold 

Colour from flowers and foliage 

Gap in my clay border

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:37

Check out heleniums.  Aconitums too.  Acteas.....cimicifugas.  Rudbekias flower now and for several weeks now.  Aster frikartii Monch will perfectly complement any of these and flower forever 

Corner needing a plant

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 21:11

Go for an actea.  Architectural sculpted dark foliage with scented white or pink flowers (mine about to open soon).

Will be posting a picture soon of group of summer perennials and actea brunette will festure along with helenium

Replacement Plant

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 21:06

A taxus variety would do well there.....Standishii is my favourite.  It has olive yellow winter foliage becoming more yellow in spring.  Drought tolerant, disease resistant,,fairly slow growing and easy.  

Pittosporum too would do well there..nice foliage colours and scented winter /spring flowers. 

Berneris Helmond Pillar, not evergreen but erect, tight purple foliage from early spring to autumn. 

For summer Verbena bomariensis lollipop or a tall agastache or tall salvia like a guaranitica variety would look good too. 

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:55

You need to evaluate your plants.....basically many late flowering perennials benefit from being cut back......sedums and heleniums are good examples.  But timing is important....too late and growth will be poor. Done early June and strong sturdy, albeit later flowers, will result.   However, asters like frikartii Monch, rudbekias, anemones, dahlias and phlox then, no.  Plants like argyranthemums, dianthus, campanulas, violas, etc., benefit from late "Chelsea  chop" being sheared back right now to re energise flowering from early/mid August through to autumn.  

Have fun though .....it may seem a shame to hack floriferous cosmos back but lightly sheared of all buds will quickly produce masses of buds quickly.  

Astilbe

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 13:35

Shame MrsT 12, 

You may have had a repeat flowering astilbe and made a small fortune there 

Yes, astilbes are one off flowering 

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