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My garden was looking great, until last weekend when it rained all Saturday and Sunday, non stop! On Monday, I went out to investigate the damage and found the lupins, at the back of my border, have been destroyed (no not by the rain) by aphids. I am going to have to pull them all out, but what could I replace them with. I want something herbatious, that flowers? Can anyone give me a suggestion. This border faces east and during the summer gets a lot of shade from a very mature Lime tree.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Hi PHS, oh what a shame about your lupins, can I ask a daft question and ask what is Aphids as I have never heard of it. I have a very dark area in my garden and I am so passionate about my Daisies (Highland Dream) the foliage is a dark glossy green and the white flowers are abundant throughout summer and really brighten up my gloomy spot. I have posted a picture of them on my garden pictures if you want to see them in there glory. I am sure you will get lots of other suggestions too.

20 Jun, 2012


Thats such a shame phs, Before you get rid? why dont you give them a douche with a dash of washing up liquid diluted in a watering can with a teaspoon of cooking oil, it has to be repeated weekly or when you see them but this works for me.

20 Jun, 2012


That's a good idea Drc....I forgot about the washing up liquid douche. And it does work.

25 Jun, 2012


Yes it does work HB and I have found the oil makes it sticky so it clings to the plant a bit longer.

27 Jun, 2012


The lupins are definitely going - I obviously overdid the washing up liquid!

I have been researching Highland White Dream and this looks a good plant to take their place. I do have a shasta daisy (Wirrel Supreme) which I love, in my border on the west side of the house but it hasn't done so well there (only 3 coming up this year). Bought another 9 of them this year which I put into a container while I decided where they might grow better but I am sure they need a sunny site.

2 Jul, 2012


The Highland White Dream needs full sun but the Wirrel Supreme will take full sun or partial shade. I find my Shasta do well in some shade as well as full sun but I find some types get eaten very badly.

2 Jul, 2012

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