Our Favourite Ornamentals for This Year

The Border Workshop is learning about New Perennial planting this year. The challenge is to create a border using a very limited palette of mostly perennial or sometimes biennial plants. We are designing a new border for the area in front of the new deck and participants are also designing borders for their own space. At the beginning of the season we promised 100 plants but in fact we’re only recommending around 75. Here they are.

Common Genus Species Variety/Cultivar Colour
Full Sun
Bistort Persicaria amplexicaulis Pink/Red
Yarrow Achillea filipendulina Yellow/Cream
Alium Alium spp. Blue/Purple
Japanese Anenome Anenome x hybrida Pink/White
Flowering Sea Kale Crambe  cordifolia White
Michaelmas daisies Aster spp. Blue/Pink/White
Catmint Calamintha nepeta Blue
Cone Flower Echinacea purpurea Purple
Globe Thistle Echinops spp. Blue
Indian physic Gilenia trifoliata White
Helenium autumnale Orange/Red
Macedonian scabious knautia macedonica Crimson
Prairie Gay Feather liatris spicata Pink
Sea Lavender limonium latifolium Blue
Cardinal Flower Lobelia x speciosa  ‘Vedrariensis’ Blue
Maltese Cross Lychnis chalcedonica Scarlet
Milky Loosestrife Lysimachia ephemerum White
Bee Balm Monarda spp. Purple/Red
Turkish Sage Phlomis russeliana Blue
Salvia × superba/sylvestris
Sanguisorba spp.
Hoary Skullcap Scutellaria  incana Blue
Milk Parsley Selinum wallichianum White
Saw wort Serratula seoanei Purple/Pink
Betony Stachys officinalis Purple
Devils-bit Scabious Succisa pratensis Blue
Veronicastrum virginicum Blue/White
Gaura lindheimeri White
Toad Flax Linaria purpurea
Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis
Shade
Masterwort Astrantia major involucrata
Actaea rubra
Japanese Anenome Anenome x hybrida Pink/White
Astilbe spp
Cimifuga japonica
Bishop’s Hat Epimedium pinnatum pale yellow
Hemp Agrimony Eupatorium purpureum Maculatum
Spurge Euphorbia polychroma
Cranesbill Geranium spp. white/blue/pink
Heleborus orientalis
Coral flower Heuchera micrantha white
Iris sibirica
Lathrus vernus Purple
Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria Pink red
Mertensia sibirica Blue
Phlox paniculata Blue
Soloman’s Seal Polygonatum odoratum White
Rosgersia spp
Burnet Sabguisorba spp
Ice Plant, Sedum Hylotelephium spectabile Pink/Red
Telima grandiflora rubra Red green white
Honesty Lunaria redivia
Lady’s Mantle Alchemila mollis yellow
Meadow rue Thalictrum aquilegiifolium pink
Spurge Euphorbia caracias
Foxglove Digitalis ferruginea
Ferns/Shade
Dropteris spp
Shuttlecock fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
Shield fern Polysticheum setiferum
Seeding perennials and bienniels
Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis yellow
Euphorbia cyparissias yellow
Cranesbill Geraneum phaeum dark red
Giant Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
Valerian Centranthus ruber red
Xiper’s bugloass Echium vulgare blue
Toadflax Linaria purpurea pink/blue
Catmint Nepeta musinii blue
Verbina boniarensis purple
Grasses
hair grass Deschampsia cespitosa
Featherb grass Stipa turkestanica
Reed Calamagrostis brachitrica

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