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I've just started on a fairly large area, which is at the side of the house. It is a long narrow lawn with a 1 metre border all around. On the gable side, there is no sun until late afternoon. On the other side, there is full sun and at the top end it's in between! By accident, the shrubs and climbing roses on the sunny side are mostly blue, white and red (a bit too tricoloury) and the shrubs on the shady side are mostly red and yellow (fuchsias and hypericum.

Any ideas for perennial flowers (medium and low), for each side, which would pull it all together?



Some to have a look at may be geums, erysimums, hardy geraniums ,heucheras and there are just so many more too.

All of the above come in a range of different colours.

20 May, 2011


You might consider pale lemon. I've been searching for pale lemon perennials without a lot of success, but you could try some golden marjoram - it stays in leaf all year and in summer makes a big clump with small lilac flowers all summer which the bees love - and you can use it in cooking too. Try adding a couple of white fuchsias to balance the white in the other border (not easy to find but there are a few with white sepals (Celia Smedley,Florence Turner, Rose of Castille) You could add a few blue and/or white hardy geraniums too on the shady side but watch the height - some would probably be too tall but there are plenty of low growers. There are some that would be happy in full sun, so perhaps if you had both kinds it might help a bit.

20 May, 2011

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