10 Great plants for Long term Flowering
1 Geranium psilostemon - easily the most dramatic cranesbill, it produces startling, black-eyed, magenta flowers from May until October.
2 Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’ - new Jacob’s ladder with dark-chocolate leaves and deep blue flowers. Sterile hybrid so continues to flower until the frosts.
3 Astrantia major - there is a wealth of new varieties in pink and dark crimson or try growing your own from seed. The bracts last for months and new flowers appear from May till October.
4 Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ - Rampant magnificent fiery-orange and bronze bracts and foliage.
5 Epilobium angustifolium ‘Album’ and ‘Stahl Rose’ Again rampant tall spires of this white or soft-pink willow herb go on for ages.
6 Carex elata ‘Aurea’ - the vivid yellow fountains of ‘Mr Bowles Golden Sedge’ light up the whole garden for months.
7 Nepeta x faassenii - catmint is a stalwart ingredient of any summer mix. It bursts into flower with a swoosh in May, it will go on for months, especially with the benefit of a haircut in the middle of June.
8 Scabiosa ochroleuca and Knautia macedonica - all scabious are long-flowering. Literally hundreds of pin-cushion flowers are produced. Dead-heading is unnecessary as the seedheads are charming and they constitute important food for finches.
9 Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ - as bright an orange as orange can be, a multitude of flowers, constantly renewed. As the older stems spread out new, vivid flowers shoot from the centre with a Roman-candle effect.
10 Anthemis tinctoria ‘E C Buxton’ - luscious lemon daisies on big bushy plants. Take the shears to it if it gets out of hand. It will recover immediately and be back in flower within weeks.
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