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flowers for borders and cats


I am looking after a garden for the first time and I am now faced with filling the borders with plants after putting down a patio etc.

I would like to know what are the best plants for borders that require little attention and hopefully last all year round please?

Also we suffer alot with cats on the garden, can you recommend some non chemical/non harmful solutions to keep them off the lawn please?

Any help would be really appreciated.



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Hi Charlie, I was in the same position this year but ended up going for veg so I'm not much help with the plant recommendations. Anne and Jonny asked about cats a couple of weeks ago - I hope this helps!

19 Oct, 2007


Does the border get lots of sun or is it in the shade? It's difficult to recommend plants without knowing! also, what type of soil do you have - sandy, clay, good loam etc. and how big a space have you? Helps to know.

20 Oct, 2007


I have just read an article which recommends planting for year-round colour and interest. Here goes! Spring - Forsythia, Hellebores and Ajuga reptans. Summer - Philadelphus, blue Delphiniums and Hostas. Autumn - Cotinus coggygria, Perovskia and Ceratostigma willmottianum. Winter - Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn', Christmas rose and variegated Vinca minor. Of course these plants and shrubs will need some attention, and especially slug protection, but I think you would have a lovely garden if you went for these ideas. You can certainly plant up the shrubs now, and buy Hellebores in late winter (in flower) Most of rest might still be available now in Nurseries. Hope this has helped. Do let us know what you decide and how you get on!

23 Oct, 2007


i have a coleus caninahybr. That seems to do the trick if a cat scratches the plant it gives a smell that the cats dont like. we cant smell it but if rubed it stinks. i have had it for 2 yrs and its done the trick. i got it from ebay. marie

30 Oct, 2007

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