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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