Posted: 03/02/2015 at 08:33
Respect for your enthusiasm Blue Onion.
I've been through phases, as everybody has I guess, from hot colours, to cool, to foliage, to grasses with lots of colour to grasses with few flowers. Dahlias for me were a big no....too brash and in your face. However I'm beginning to enjoy most types of plants now which means I'm fast occupying more and more lawn space to accommodate them all. Right now grasses, foliage shape and colour (esp purple, yellow and silver) tender and herbaceous perennials (growing more taller varieties now), and conifers are my "bag"
For hot colours heleniums and echinaceas, for me, provide this for a long period over summer