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Author Topic: Any UK garden plant experts here?  (Read 789 times)
SeVeNeVeS
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« on: July 29, 2021, 02:04:41 pm »

Right, I'm after hardy, evergreen, perennial, no maintenance, as in regular watering, drought tolerent flowering plant suggestions.

I currently have a slabbed garden that gets full on Sun, that I am working on with a truck load of agapanthis, a jasmin and a crazy ivy and am looking to jazz it up a bit,, nothing too big, no shrubs, just something that looks good, climbers could be an option, I don't mind certain native weeds and have some empty pots...... Huh??

Thanks to any replies.

I keep buying stuff and it dies, slightly fed up........... I have googled the living daylight on this and at the point of giving up.

I've found personal experience is sometimes a lot better than any website.

Of course, if available from B&Q all the better.
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2021, 02:12:08 pm »

Red hot pokers - they are tough, love sun, have great flowers and are drought tolerant.

If not that, you could look at some of the ornamental grasses.
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SeVeNeVeS
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2021, 02:28:09 pm »

Red hot pokers - they are tough, love sun, have great flowers and are drought tolerant.

If not that, you could look at some of the ornamental grasses.


And that is a kind of reply I could love, a quick search on e-bay, so many varieties.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=Red+hot+pokers+&_sacat=0

Thank you so much Synistor 303, I will look into it with more detail.
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2021, 04:32:46 pm »

You might try the Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange. I don't garden, but I've gotten a lot of help from the other Stack Exchanges. They're open to read and free to sign up.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2021, 06:20:01 pm »

Well, I'm not sure about their drought resistance or if they're evergreen, but IIRC lavender and digitalis (foxglove) are both fairly hardy.

Heather is another possibility and can work well in large pots, but is probably a bit too shrubby for your requirements.
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2021, 07:46:05 am »



 Acanthus mollis aka bears breaches. The Romans loved it.



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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2021, 07:54:01 am »


 Hydrangea.  The colour will be dependent on the soil or what you feed the soil with.






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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2021, 10:47:37 am »

Many thanks for the replies,

I've ordered........

Acanthus 'Mollis'

KNIPHOFIA 'Bees Lemon' (Red Hot Poker)

Red Hot Poker evergreen Plant-Torch Lily-Kniphrofia

Campanula Muralis

Viola Etain Hardy Evergreen Scented Pansy

Viola Jackanapes Hardy Evergreen Perennial Pansy

Erodium Flore Pleno Storksbill

Parahebe Snow Cloud

Saponaria Bressingham Pink


Still pondering on the lavender.......

Just got to build a devided raised border now. Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2021, 11:10:27 am »

Going out ona limb here, how's about some form of Spinifex Grass? it'll provide structure all year round, my other half (the brains of our garden planting) suggests crocosmia, loves the sun it does, St John's wort, has just sprung to mind, lovley yellow flowers!
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2021, 11:51:59 am »

Going out ona limb here, how's about some form of Spinifex Grass? it'll provide structure all year round, my other half (the brains of our garden planting) suggests crocosmia, loves the sun it does, St John's wort, has just sprung to mind, lovley yellow flowers!

I will look into them, thanks.  Cool
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2021, 04:54:37 pm »

Many thanks for the replies,

I've ordered........

Acanthus 'Mollis'

KNIPHOFIA 'Bees Lemon' (Red Hot Poker)

Red Hot Poker evergreen Plant-Torch Lily-Kniphrofia

Campanula Muralis

Viola Etain Hardy Evergreen Scented Pansy

Viola Jackanapes Hardy Evergreen Perennial Pansy

Erodium Flore Pleno Storksbill

Parahebe Snow Cloud

Saponaria Bressingham Pink


Still pondering on the lavender.......

Just got to build a devided raised border now. Tongue

 Excellent  choices for an English garden.  They will do well with your other plantings. Make a garden plan, build on it and let it grow from there..
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2021, 08:08:24 pm »

I've got all my plants, most being plugs, so not much to show atm, if I can somehow prevent the cats from digging them up and crapping in the pots, they may survive, but I must say my fav' has to be the  bears breaches, purely for leaf shape.

Thanks for the advice peoples.

I might post photos of my teeny. tiny, postage stamp of a garden WIP if anyone interested
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