what flowers/plants are the easiest to grow, that come back each year?

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so far we have done quite well with strawberries, they have come back, a fushia, dianthus, mini apple tree, and some lillies look like that are coming back, but no buds yet

so looking for a few more ideaas

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 18:21:03

daffodils,feverfew,day lilies,lemon balm,aquilegia,lady's mantle,cornflowers,japanese anenomes,astilbes,peonies,bronze fennel,loosestrife,and sprinkle a load of calendula seeds.

I love wallflowers, especially the purple ones. They grown waist height and last all season. They do get scraggly after a couple of years though.

hiddenhome Sat 08-Jun-13 18:22:40

Flowering Currant
Many herbs will come up every year: sage, rosemary, oregano, mints, parsley, thyme and tarragon. The chives and fennel have also come back up.
We also have a selection of general shrubby things that are there all the time.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 18:23:05

Also hellebores,snowdrops,bluebells and snow-in-summer.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 18:24:58

Lupins are a bit trickier but worth it,also red hot poker.

If they like you,then good - if not don't struggle on is my motto.

Another good one is Crocosmia particularly crocosmia lucifer.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 18:28:26

If you can go upwards you cannot beat a lovely smelling honeysuckle.

Periwinkle is great if you don't mind it going a bit mad through your shrubs.

ivykaty44 Sat 08-Jun-13 18:42:49
wizzler Sat 08-Jun-13 18:45:46

Dicentra, aquilegia, fritiliaries. crocosmia ,<wonders if she has spelt any of those correctly>

YoniAsOldAsYoFeel Sat 08-Jun-13 18:46:54

Honeysuckle, jasmine, lavender, roses, campanula, lillies. I have a salvia called "hot lips" which everyone seems to comment on and keeps coming back. Oh, what about oriental poppies?

PolterGoose Sat 08-Jun-13 19:06:36

Hardy geraniums are very easy and my favourite garden plant. Once they've flowered cut back close to the ground and you'll get another flowering, I've managed 3 flowerings in a good year.

Lupins are excellent slug food.

Buddleia is bomb proof and attracts many butterflies

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 08-Jun-13 19:12:26


WinterWinds Sat 08-Jun-13 19:13:13

I also have love in the mist, I planted some seeds a couple of years ago and now I have loads they re-seed themselves and come back more than double each year.
Bleeding Heart continue to come back bigger and better each year.
Also candytuft, carnation, jasmine, lavender, campanula and phlox.

I had some gorgeous Lillie's but got rid of them when I found out how dangerous they are to cats. I caught one of mine trying to eat them but luckily managed to stop him.
Its a shame though as I love Lillie's but I love my cats more

dementedma Sat 08-Jun-13 19:19:17

Poppies - see to themselves and spread like crazy
Aqualigia (sp?)

On the weed front, daisies, dandelions and buttercups!

Welsh poppies
Ice plant
Mint (plant in a pot in the ground or it spreads everywhere!)
To be honest, go to the pound shop and get whichever annuals look pretty. Sprinkle them on the ground and see what takes.

whatkungfuthat Sat 08-Jun-13 19:22:12

Marking my place. I planted some geraniums in pots a couple of weeks ago and I'm getting impatient waiting for them to flower. I am a complete beginner though

fengirl1 Sat 08-Jun-13 19:23:34

Bergenia, hardy geraniums, violets.

elfycat Sat 08-Jun-13 19:34:49

I've managed quite a good small herb patch, sage, chives, thyme, mint (in a pot). The first 3 are all in flower at the moment and have survived several years of neglect/use. It looks more impressive than it should compared to any effort on my part.

I'm having trouble getting rosemary to live more than a year, but I'm trying seeds this year.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 19:56:48

Polyanthus,lungwort,and beacon silver are other good ones.

If I had to choose a small selection of bomb proof ones that I could rely on and split to put in various parts of a flower bed,I would go with feverfew for white,loosestrife for yellow,perennial cornflower for blue,and hellebore and japanese anenomes for shades of white through to pink/purple.

As someone else said,for shrubs it'd be buddleia and lavetera.

And for smell honeysuckle.

The self seeders would be calendula,honesty,foxglove,love in a mist and,poppies.

comeonbishbosh Sat 08-Jun-13 20:01:42

Archemilla mollis (lady's mantle). Tough as old boots, pretty, good ground cover with a bit of added height and texture. Goes well with Crocosmia and plant a few allium bulbs underneath. Blimey, you could almost call it a planting scheme <preens>

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 08-Jun-13 20:09:25

Also, astilbe, daphne, roses (can't have too many roses) and clematis.

Fatsia japonica if you like architectural plants.

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Sat 08-Jun-13 20:14:40

Lurk too

missmartha Sat 08-Jun-13 20:16:24

Nasturtium are impossible to fail to grow imo.

I grew some one year and they just kept self seeding. I tried pulling up the seedlings in the spring but they just kept coming.

They flowered up to and including November and you can eat them.

It took me about ten years and now they seem to have gone at last.

They are very pretty and all, but there are limits.

CocktailQueen Sat 08-Jun-13 20:20:26

Hostas, Californian lilac, any bulbs - daffy, crocus, snowdrop, etc. , honeysuckle, winter jasmine, acres - I love them and have loads. Ferns, lily of the valley ...

CocktailQueen Sat 08-Jun-13 20:20:57

Acers, not acres! Ruddy iPad.

clematis- I've got one just about to flower now
My neighbour has one that thrives on neglect in the front garden
I've got a Nelly Moser clematis that had a bucket of cement rested on it- and it still grows grin

Buddleia are pretty hardy (grow like weeds at the railway)

Lizzabadger Sat 08-Jun-13 20:40:21

I'd second alchemilla mollis (sp?) Hostas are hardy and easy as long as you can keep the slugs away.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 08-Jun-13 20:45:04

clematis, roses, wisteria, forsythia, hostas, needs DH here to tell me the names

oh wow, thanks for all the ideas, I will need to google a lot of these, but I will look them all up.
its good to get a recommendation though rather than just search on line so thanks

atm I have a bit of a pink, purple and blue theme going on

we have loads of fence space, and I think it would look lovely to have clematis and jasmine etc growing up the fence, but my dad puts me off growing things up the fence, as hes against anything non practical!

he will go, oh those things runin the fences and pull them down blah blah blah

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 08-Jun-13 20:48:44

Viburnums are excellent shrubs

To get more bangs per buck, grow clematis through shrubs

Bamboo (but be careful with the invasive ones)

Euphorbias (but beware of the sap, which can be an irritant)

oh I love wisteria, I would love to grow that up the fences

thegirliesmam Sat 08-Jun-13 20:50:17

agapanthus, buddleia, honeysuckle, ceanthos, midwinter fire, fuschia, potatoes in old recycling boxs, carrots in pots, onions and leeks in pots, rose, aquiligea, heather, lavender in borders, mint (in a pot or it is like the plague!), bamboo, salvia, sundance, sweetpeas up bamboo cane pyramids. strawberries in pots too, got loads already!

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 08-Jun-13 20:56:46

okay clever people and are we too late to do any planting (from plants rather than seeds) ?? this year? (am v clueless gardener)

Thanks for tip on Mint
Love in a mist looks lovely

FrameyMcFrame Sat 08-Jun-13 20:57:11

In my front garden I have LOADs of big alliums, big purple pompoms.
Wildflower seed mix is doing really well
At the back we inherited herbacious borders which are amazing and I don't know what half of the stuff is or how to care for it. It just pops up and grows like mad, flowers, dies off in winter...

FrameyMcFrame Sat 08-Jun-13 20:58:06

Oh, I tried to grow agapanthus and echinacia from seed but it hasn't worked so I'm going to the garden centre tomorrow to cheat on those smile

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 20:58:26

You can plant now - you just need to keep them watered if (hopefully) we get a dry spell, Olivia.

I have only recently started gardening, but today I was looking on the net for bee friendly plants and I saw this - even if I don't actually order stuff from there I thought it had some great advice about what to plant.

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 08-Jun-13 20:59:32

Viburnums are lovely - and evergreen. Also potentilla's and something beginning C with pretty blue flowers. Like delphiniums and the big blue round ball things, fuscias, paeonies and aubretia, not forgetting DH's beloved dahlias.

elfycat Sat 08-Jun-13 21:00:08

It's nearly time to think about the bulbs you want to come up in spring. They'll need planting in the autumn so if you have any gaps in the early spring colour scheme have a look/google.

I've just dug out, manured (thanks to a horse-loving MNetter) and planted a shady bed this week. Plenty of time to get shrubs/perennials rooted in.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 21:00:22

Ideally you would plant perennials in the Autumn (but I can never seem to fight my way through the weeds to do that...blush )

TheOriginalSteamingNit Sat 08-Jun-13 21:03:15

No more lilies for me as these litte twats have Swiss cheesed them for the last few year.

Clematis just keeps on giving, as do the strawberries. Jasmine is being rather quiet this year, and after a trip to the garden centre this afternoon, I am desperate for some wisteria.

Joskar Sat 08-Jun-13 21:07:14

Can I ask where you are? That makes a bit of a difference. I'm in the north of Scotland and we're about two-three months behind the south of England. Also coastal makes a difference. Rosemary, for example, dies really easily in cold places but coastal and sheltered and it's a gorgeous rampant thing of beauty.

Raspberries. Can't ever have too many.

Def get some cornflowers and poppies and wild flower mix. Got to give the bees food!

FrantasticO Sat 08-Jun-13 21:09:21

Lurking too!
Everything else hasn't lasted the pace in our garden of doom

Not very green fingered here unfortunately.

digerd Sat 08-Jun-13 21:09:51

My primroses have stopped flowering and the later blooming Wallflowers have just finished. Japanese Anenomes don't bloom till July. Penstamons bloom the longest-June -frosts, but late this year. Phlox also start in July and have a lovely perfume. Most Perrenials need cutting down to the ground in autumn, except for evergreens.

I love colour in the winter,so have many yellow evergreen shrubs that can be pruned to size. And yellow miniture conifers.

My first ever lurk...

digerd Sat 08-Jun-13 21:19:23

ps. Tresspassed from neighbour's garden, I have lovely glowing orange poppies that are very fussy where they want to grow and snub my wishes and prefer to grow inbetween my paving slabs insteadhmm. Neighbour's have disappeared ,though?

Late again this year are my favourites - 8 climbing roses on arches which are just beginning to open their massive amount of buds. smile

GrendelsMum Sat 08-Jun-13 21:23:45

My tip for novice gardeners is to go round local church fetes and village fairs, and look at their plant sales. You are likely to find plants that will do well in your local conditions (they'll be for sale because people have extras from their own garden), plus they will be cheap.

The potential downside is that some of them may not just do well, but try to take over - but if the plant is attractive, then I don't think that matters too much. For example, I have Japanese Anenomes and love-in-a-mist rampant in our garden, but they're still worth having.

digerd Sat 08-Jun-13 21:25:45

OOPs.Thought my spelling of perennials looked not rightblush

HildaOgden Sat 08-Jun-13 21:26:43

I love,love love this thread,thanks for all the tips and thanks for starting the thread whiteandyellowiris

shamelessly marks space without contributing anything useful

LayMizzRarb Sat 08-Jun-13 21:32:00

Be careful with Hydrangeas, they are very greedy with water. Don't plant other stuff too near them, as they won't get a Look on with the water in the soil!

spanky2 Sat 08-Jun-13 21:33:20

Nasturshans ,forgetmenots ,callendula...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 08-Jun-13 21:33:25

For anyone who wants to keep talking plants, there's always a chat thread in Gardening. The current one is called Flaming June. All welcome!

teta Sat 08-Jun-13 21:34:46

Scented perennial Violas and Nemesia are lovely in pots and come back year after year.Its not too late to plant some bulbs.I live up a cold hill so tend to plant things late.Have just planted some Dahlia tubers and Gladioli and Dutch Iris bulbs[plus everything is late this year everywhere].

marriedinwhiteagain Sat 08-Jun-13 21:39:15

Ceanothus (sp) and aliums I think.

comeonbishbosh Sat 08-Jun-13 21:41:00

Just back in from watering (baby crying again grrr) so have up to the minute thoughts for you! Astrangias do v well in my garden with no input from me, slightly more unusual looking and v pretty. Strawberries good for shady growdcover. Foxgloves are easy from seed but you need to sow them this year to come up next. As well as the classic purple ones you get some in pastel shades - think they are 'excelsior' or something similar. They'll keep coming back once established.

And lavender, you'll need lavender. <gets carried away with vicarious garden planting>

Agree with poster up thread about fetes and plant sales. Cheap as chips.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 21:45:52

Yes,I also agree with the church fete plants.
Got loads of my stuff that way.
Also plant exchanges with friends and neighbours.

Chives are very pretty with their purple top.
And the big mysotis (i think thats its name)that is a bugger to get rid of if you don't want it but very pretty I think.
Also borage for a purpley,bluey,pinky scheme.Perfect for when its Pimms o clock.

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 21:47:40

And if you have a biggish garden and can get hold of a cardoon or two,they're a brilliant addition (think globe artichoke)

VerySmallSqueak Sat 08-Jun-13 21:50:11

Lychnis is a nother good 'un.
Silver foliage and absolutely vivid fuschia pink flowers.

Poppies are good. Even if you don't want them, the fuckers still come back.

This year, I am going around cutting the seed heads off before they can release the seeds.

On the plus side, we have some lovely aquilegia, purple flowers plus a yellowish green foliage.

Oldraver Sat 08-Jun-13 22:29:47

I (well OH) have just planted my first plant in 10 years (used to do a lot of gardening but this house had me beat). Now I've found where the BumbleBees hang out I'll try and plant somethign suitable for them.

This is the 3rd BumbleBee house I've found so they must like it even though theres little for them in my garden

Mumzy Sat 08-Jun-13 22:35:24

Fast climbers: climbing nasturtiums, morning glories, flowering runner beans are good for quick prolific coverage

Columbines, welsh poppies, honesty and love-in-the-mist (lazy gardener here!).

LimeFlower Sat 08-Jun-13 22:46:48

Herbal ones:calendula,camomile,sage,thyme,chives,lavender
Madonna lilies,

clippityclop Sat 08-Jun-13 22:47:45

Have you got any evergreens to provide a bit of all year round interest and structure? Box are dead easy in the ground or a pot, and choisia are nice - glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers. How about a bay tree in a pot too? Fuschia are pretty bomb proof too. Crocus website is great for plants and ideas, think they supply to Next now too - discount via Quidco.

FullOfChoc Sat 08-Jun-13 22:55:36

Hardy Geranium, but some varieties take over so choose with care.

funnyperson Sun 09-Jun-13 04:13:59

Climbers: Clematis Montana Broughton Star, Clematis Polish Spirit, Clematis Countess of Wessex, Honeysuckle, Jasmine officianalis
Roses: Alfred Carriere, Queen of Sweden, Generous Gardener, Munstead Wood, American Pillar
Hedge fillers: Hawthorn rosa rugosa, Rhodedenron King George
Back of Border: Buddlea, Lavatera, Ceanothus, Verbena Bonariensis, Digitalis, Lupins, Hollyhocks
Mid/front border: Snowdrops, Daffodils, tulips, hellebores, forgetmenots for spring. For summer: Peony Sarah Berhardt, Geranium Johnsons Blue or Rozanne, Salvia, Black Eyed Susan, Cornflowers, Aquilegia, Lavender, Cosmos, sweet peas, dianthus, lilies, Ceratostigma, Crambe cordoflora. For late summer/Autumn: Asters, Japanese Anemone, Sedum, Hardy fuschia, day lilies
Acid soil or pots: Camellia, Magnolia Stellata, Rhodedendron Yakushimanum, Pieris forest flame
Fruit: Raspberry canes; little apple tree;Cherry tree; pear tree; fig tree if sunny spot; rhubarb in a pot.
Shady spots: Ferns, hosta, acanthus, lily of the valley, a geranium album, white foxgloves
For structure and winter interest: Box which you clip into balls/birds etc
Herbs: Dry sunny spots: oregano, tarragon, sage, rosemary, thyme
Ordinary garden: Chives, angelica, fennel, Parsley
Veg: Rocket, salad, radishes, mange tout, squash are all vv easy:water well.

You can find out what type of soil you have here
You need to work out what way the border faces eg north south east
Is it shady or sunny?
Look on here to choose the right plants for the place

You can plant now as long as you dig a generous hole, part fill with organic compost and water generously at least twice weekly if it doesn't rain. Order bulbs for the spring in August/early sept.

funnyperson Sun 09-Jun-13 04:19:17

Forgot to mention: sand pit, trampoline, place to ride tricycles, seating, washing line, play house, basketball goal, etc need a generous space. Patios should be more rather than less. Trampolines are best when sunk.

YonisAreForever Sun 09-Jun-13 08:47:25

cosmos - go on all summer, great border fillers, very pretty, good cut flowers, great value.

Dhalias, so pretty, go on till october good for late summer, last year in and out if taken care of.

scarecrow22 Sun 09-Jun-13 09:23:53

<lurking in the rhododendrums>

wintera Sun 09-Jun-13 09:33:25

I love my lavender plants but have had terrible luck with French lavender though. English lavender is well better. The French one can't seem to cope with our winters. The English one is made of tougher stuff obviously!

I love the Hebe plant in my garden, its a beautiful colour. Gorgeous purpley- red leaves. Love it.

Dancergirl Sun 09-Jun-13 10:19:30

Great thread.

I love flowers but I'm a complete novice.

Are geraniums put in for one summer then you have to replace them? (What are they called?)

I have some pansies in the front but would like a bit more colour in the back. I've always loved rhododendrons but is it too late to plant them now?

What can I plant now as a plant that will last over the summer?

thebestpossibletaste Sun 09-Jun-13 10:43:47

Lurking too. My garden's looking quite boring, although the clematis are doing well.

VerySmallSqueak Sun 09-Jun-13 11:09:05

funnyperson brilliant advice!

I think if I was going to do one hedge filler,it'd be rosa rugosa.
The smell is beautiful and it's as prickly as hell so a good burglar deterrent.

VerySmallSqueak Sun 09-Jun-13 11:13:35

Dancer the ones we know as geraniums commonly are actually pelargoniums and are annuals. (one summer)

Hardy geraniums are less showy but very pretty and are perennials (that is,they come back year after year).

They will flower well for a long time if cut back.

BlackeyedSusan Sun 09-Jun-13 11:16:01

sprring. snowdrops, crocus, daffodils and tulips. come out after each other. also a fosythia bush. they grow accidently from brroken off sticks that re stuck in the gound to support other things... and have survived hackings and children's over enthusiastic play.

summerr... I am still looking for ideas! lavender seems good. going to scroll through now.

one tip I hve had is go to the gaden centre every month and see what is in flower and if you like it. that way you get something for all year.

EleanorFarjeon Sun 09-Jun-13 11:51:41

We have masses of phlox in a deep border - they're great for later colour.

I planted a new bed of hydrangeas last year - they all seem to be doing well.

We have a row of 8 box along a path which are clipped into balls. The clipping is a complete pita, but it's only once per year and they look lovely.

I want more structure in the garden and I have my eye on 2 twisted bay trees in my local garden centre. £100 each though - gulp!

Dancergirl Sun 09-Jun-13 11:54:42

I like standard rose bushes. When can they go in?

waxlyrical Sun 09-Jun-13 13:10:42

I planted a campion in my block of clay garden last year and it has had really pretty bright pink flowers for weeks now. You do see them at the side of the road as weeds though but I don't care as its really eye catching.

Brillig Sun 09-Jun-13 14:51:55

Agree that astrantias are lovely, and there are plenty of pink-flowered ones for you, OP.

I'd also suggest sedums as striking, architectural-looking clump-formers. The leaves are the main attraction but they do flower, and they look lovely in spring when they start to unfurl a littl erosette of green from the ground.

If you're after a fence climber, OP, I can recommend Actinidia kolomikta - I think it's a non-fruiting cousin of the kiwi fruit. It likes a sunny spot but it has the most beautiful green leaves that gradually get flushed with pink and white at the tips. I have one and it's just lovely at the moment.

EugenesAxe Sun 09-Jun-13 14:52:11

Dancer - now would be OK if in containers. Bare root you usually plant around Oct - Dec. I think the idea with them is that they root before very cold weather sets in. They are cheaper than container roses; David Austin online are great for all roses and you could order your bareroot plants there for this winter. Rhododendrons flower Apr-May usually (bit later this year) so you've probably missed them in that respect, but theoretically you could plant anytime? Never had to do it TBH... I just have them in my garden.

These are good perennials:

Michaelmas daisies
Perennial geranium
Aquilegia (columbine)
Hypericum (shrub)
Japanese anemones
Clematis Cezanne (for borders)

thanks for all the tips, I will have to take a fair bit of time to go through them all, as I need to look a lot of this stuff up

I do love raspberries, but are they spikey?i can't be doing with anything dd could fall onto and end up covered in prickles!

been to two garden centers today, looking for things you've suggested, i'm going to need a fair few quid, although I suppose I can do it bit, by bit, year by year

LastTangoInDevonshire Sun 09-Jun-13 17:46:27

Poached Egg Plant - self seeds every year and gives a profusion of plants (and the bees love it):


The hedge along our front garden is rosemary. Grows nicely and when trimmed I have herbs for the kitchen.

Openyourheart Sun 09-Jun-13 18:16:28

Vinca has beautiful flowers and seems to be hardy. It is shrub though and grows fairly big eventually. Also, I love my camellia.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 09-Jun-13 19:07:43

Eleanor - I did my own twisted bay tree, starting with a young and pliable cutting. It's a slow business, but I got there in the end.

VerySmallSqueak Sun 09-Jun-13 20:11:16

OP if your DD is little it may be a good idea to check which plants are poisonous before you plan your garden.

I would avoid foxglove,lily of the valley, and euphorbia (milky irritant sap),to name a few.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 09-Jun-13 20:13:45

Lupins and Hostas!

Murtette Sun 09-Jun-13 20:43:37

When you say that you want plants that come back year after year, do you necessarily mean perennials (i.e. things that completely die back & disappear under the soil in the winter and then re-appear in the spring) as that means that, wherever those plants are, the garden will be bare in the winter. Whilst you may want some of those, I expect you'll probably also want shrubs which, if deciduous, will at least keep their shape in the winter or, if evergreen, will keep their leaves as well. Some of them have variegated or coloured leaves which adds a bit of interest.
If you're looking for climbers, I recommend Clematis Jingle Bells which flowers in December/January and its so nice to see something in bloom then. And forsythia seems impossible to kill and is really bright and cheerful in February when everything is grey and it seems as though it will never be spring.

rubybambini Sun 09-Jun-13 20:54:45

I've got a purple / blue / silvery-white thing going on in a SW-facing border, which gets sun from about 1pm, but never really dries out (I'm in London). I chose these for ease, for colour and for their bee and butterfly friendliness.

For summer month flowering, June - September, I have verbena bonariensis (www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/verbena-bonariensis/classid.3696/) at the back, then dotted in the mid-height, scabiosa Butterfly blue (see it www.gardenersworld.com/plants/scabiosa-butterfly-blue/2374.html), White globe thistles (http://www.perennials.com/plants/echinops-bannaticus-star-frost.html), some rosemary, cat mint and astrantia, then erigeron daisies at the front (see it www.sarahraven.com/shop/erigeron-karvinskianus.html). This should all come back year after year, frosts permitting.

In the spring, this border is taken over by some bog-standard forget-me-nots, which I just let do their thing. I've planted tonnes of muscari and narcissi too, including 'Hawera', which flowers late and is very strongly perfumed (www.sarahraven.com/shop/narcissi-hawera.html).

Autumn is a bit uninteresting, but a frosty winter looks pretty on the thistle! Otherwise, not much winter interest.

digerd Sun 09-Jun-13 21:43:38

Everything is late in the SE.
You can plant anything now if grown in a pot. Most roses are not and normally are bare rooted to be planted in November. You may get roses in a pot at larger garden centres and at least you can see them blooming and plant now. But probably not standard roses.

My DD inherited a jasmine grown on the fence - BEWARE_ the long stems are growing under the lawn and at the back of the whole length of fence in several layers and rooted into the soil.

I have a yellow leaved climbing jasmine on an arch which must face the sun - south.

digerd Sun 09-Jun-13 21:50:47

My lilies have been skeletonised by those red beatles. I find them in pairs mating and the grubs are disgusting and what devours the leaves.

Only have one type now which they don't seem to like,but they have no perfumesad My favourites were Stargazer, but all died sad

Taffeta Sun 09-Jun-13 22:09:58

We have and I love...
Roses - do fine if fed w toprose x 2 pa
Hardy geraniums
Sweet rocket
Dianthus carthusianorum
Verbena bonariensis

Taffeta Sun 09-Jun-13 22:10:42

Oh and iris. We have sunbaked dry chalky oil.

stubbornstains Sun 09-Jun-13 22:10:53

Ooh ruby!Take away the white globe thistles and add Japanese anemone and some mad bastard magenta opium poppies and that's my front border!
(but my scabious is white). I only discovered those daisy things were called erigeron today, actually- previous to that they were just "those daisy things that grow on everyone's walls round here".

OP- toddlers love raspberries. They will ignore the prickles in order to strip the bushes bare.

Taffeta Sun 09-Jun-13 22:11:00


This thread is made for me. Thank you whiteandyellowiris

<sharpens pencil>

agnesf Sun 09-Jun-13 23:19:20

Anthemis Sauce Hollandaise - lovely pale yellow daisy flowers with ferny folliage - flowered non stop from June to end of Sept last year.

agnesf Sun 09-Jun-13 23:22:03

Oh also for people with clay soil who want something big and bold - we had a huge clump of Helenium Lemon Queen in our old city garden - 4ft tall bright yellow daisy flowers.

Digerd, the red beetles are lily beetles. You need to squish them whenever you see them! They are tricky to squish, I use either two stones or a trowel against a stone.

unlucky83 Mon 10-Jun-13 11:25:44

Saw someone mention ladies mantle -
Hate the stuff- spreads everywhere...(and I know you should cut the heads off before they seed but never get round to it in time)
Also welsh poppies - they take over and you have to pull out the roots too to get rid of them...again dead head but never there in time ...

I love my herbs -creeping thyme - great low ground cover, and lots of colours of leaves and flowers and un-kill-able! lavender, sage, mint, feverfew (spreads!) and my favourite (but also spreads) marjoram - the bees/butterflies love the flowers and it smells lovely ...even though a bit neglected (neighbours are immaculate!) I have had neighbours complimenting me on my garden because it smells lovely as they walk past...
We had two fantastic rosemary bushes but they both died back -not sure if it was the harsh winter in 2010...but now one of my lavenders (English, cooking) seems to be suffering the same fate - maybe I have some nasty mildew bug in soil ??? -but this is a different border and other lavender (french) seems fine...(other thing it might be -got rid of a couple of large shrubs and some of the roots were left rotting in ground - which I have heard causes nitrogen depletion...)

I love forget-me-nots and bluebells - and they both spread...
Peonies - I have fantastic red ones...
Lilies -yellow ones, beautiful perfume and come up every year...
Hate Iris (have some) they don't surpress weeds and their bulbus roots are a pain to weed round (I usually pull lots up! -would get rid of them all but a neighbour gave them to me and think they might be offended if I got rid of them all together)

After I wrote this I realised the things that spread that I hate are the ones that hard to pull up!

unlucky83 Mon 10-Jun-13 11:29:17

Forgot to say
We have normal strawberries (happy, get a few fruit each year) but we also have wild strawberries - good ground cover and my children like the berries - they put runners everywhere but they do keep weeds down and act as ground cover...

TheHuffAndPuffALot Mon 10-Jun-13 11:51:53

De-lurking to ask the Op would you consider requesting MNHQ move this thread to the Gardening topic? It would be such a shame for this thread to disappear.

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Jun-13 12:30:55


De-lurking to ask the Op would you consider requesting MNHQ move this thread to the Gardening topic? It would be such a shame for this thread to disappear.

Don't worry, am already on it. It's on my threads I'm on and I will move it soon I promise.
Am planning a trip to an open garden with a plant sale to nab some bargains.
Thanks for this thread all. tis v helpful.

oh yeah, I think its a great idea to move, it so we can all keep it

DeWe Mon 10-Jun-13 12:55:30

The best ones in my garden are dandelions. They grow with no effort from me at all. grin

Actually they grow best in my lawn. The grass otoh grows best in the flower bed...

iseenodust Mon 10-Jun-13 13:21:30

Japanese anenome (sp?) self seeds too. We have purple but you can get white.
Aquilegia is lovely in lots of colours and just self seeds too.
Can't beat a blowsy peony.
Oriental poppies.

pot39 Mon 10-Jun-13 16:42:51

Perennial geraniums and David Austen Roses, peonies are the only things that are absolutely reliable. IN a small garden like ours in S London, plants have to really earn their place, so smelling divine and looking like a tarts knickers put DA roses at the top of the list. The geraniums are brilliant come back year after year and some flower from May to October.
Columbine-aquleiga are good too they self seed but revert to white/pink what ever you started with. Japanese Anemones are real stars.
I have planted 1000's spring bulbs in the 18 years I've lived here and left with v few-weather, slugs, squirrels seem to have done for them.
Other things I've planted and killed ( mainly slugs and snails kill them not me) include lupins, delphinimums, any number of classy daisies, Lilies, cotton lavender, verbascum etc etc

Gnomi Mon 10-Jun-13 20:58:08

Oh you lovely people, thank you so much for this thread. I'm shamelessly marking my place to steal ideas smile.

ouryve Mon 10-Jun-13 21:00:34

Dandelions, thistles, buttercups, ground elder....grinhmm

VerySmallSqueak Mon 10-Jun-13 21:01:08

I agree withpot39 in that it seems that delphiniums,daisy types,and lilies (other than day lilies) seem particularly easy to kill off.

Avoid stuff that needs staking too (another mark against delphiniums in my book) as it's a PITA.

elfycat Mon 10-Jun-13 21:04:18

I have all of those ouryve plus bind weed and stinging nettles. My garden is very green.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 10-Jun-13 21:04:56

If you haven't got ground elder or bindweed,keep an eye out if you buy plants at fetes etc that you are not getting more than you bargained for in the pot.
Any sign of nasty perennial weeds in a pot,avoid it like the plague!

If you have never grown a Verbascum Olympicum (sp?) and you have a reasonable size garden,you must grow one (they are biennials I think) at some point because they are spectacular.

Don't forget about sticking a few humble sunflower seeds in for the kids.

my aquilegias and lobelias come up year after year.

Merguez Mon 10-Jun-13 21:13:18

I have one bed which guarantees colour from spring through to late summer.

tulips, followed by alliums, followed by peonies, followed by lavender and roses, followed by anemones.


BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 10-Jun-13 22:22:34

The "reliable every year flowers" are poppies, aquilegia's and forget me nots.

Favourite shrubs are the
Choisya - lovely foliage and fragrant white flowers
philadelphus - fragrant white flowers
forsythia - early yellow flowers
skimmia - wonderful fragrant large flower heads

Some of the variegated dogwoods are good as the leaves are attractive and the branches are red.

Cant grow Lillies as we get Lilly beetles, shame as they were very impressive.

digerd Tue 11-Jun-13 12:31:17

I am now struggling with a long, narrow, shallow bed at side of driveway, to get rid of thousands of leaves from the spent grape hyacinths, bluebells, dwarf tulips and grassy type weed, to let the sun get to my now yellow flowering sedum and make room for my bedding begonias which bloom till the frosts.
. It is back breaking, knee joint aching, thigh muscle wrenching and my wrists are hurting sad

DavidHarewoodsFloozy Tue 11-Jun-13 13:00:26

This a great thread, will treat myself to a David Austen. rose bush!

digerd Tue 11-Jun-13 20:15:28

The only rose in bloom in our road is a neighbour's in full sun all day, called " Indian Summer". It is beautiful, not a large bushy one and is planted in only 1 foot deep of soil, but pruned hard in autumn. It is an apricot shade and filled blooms.

funnyperson Tue 11-Jun-13 21:14:05

Arent you supposed to let the leaves die down naturally so as to feed next years bulbs?

I'll be the first to declare I'm no gardener, that's DP's expertise grin (professionally as well).

We have a budleia at the back that acts as a screen against the neighbours backing onto us and also attracts bees, etc, so it's nice down that end. However, the flowers are a little too pale for my choice, I much prefer the dark purples, especially for budleia, lilac, lavender, etc. Luckily, the stuff planted by DP mostly comes in this colour.

I'd love to mention the plants we have, they are lovely. But I'd forget their names as soon as DP mentioned them, so can only remember one or two.

BlueSkySunnyDay Wed 12-Jun-13 15:36:17

We have a lovely rambling rose called New Dawn, its beautiful and has survived multiple (accidental) attempts on my part to kill it.

digerd Wed 12-Jun-13 17:41:41

That is what the books say, but none of my neighbours do that as need the space to be replaced with other flowers. One of my neighbours took all her tulips leaves away last month, as she does every year, and in the same patch are now beautiful round cushions of yellow egg plants.

My grape hyacinths and bluebells come back every year just as strong. Sometimes I water them with a fertiliser mix, but mostly forget.

digerd Wed 12-Jun-13 17:47:19

And her daffs leaves, but she did tell me she fertilises the bulbs, but not sure when in the year. She always has a lovely show < she's 84 too>

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Jun-13 18:00:56

Have moved this thread to gardening for posterity.

gardeningmum Wed 12-Jun-13 22:27:27

Agree with lots of the above suggestions - perennial geraniums are my fav - lots of variety, beautiful flowers and they seem not to be eaten by slugs and snails. You usually buy them as a plant, rather than growing them from seed - but worth every penny.

Have a few more suggestions with detailed descriptions on my site


mummylin Wed 12-Jun-13 22:40:33

Don't forget to get some sweet pea plants, they are lovely and the more you cut the more you will get .

BlueSkySunnyDay, that's good to know about rose 'New Dawn'- dh bought me one for my birthday, and since I've planted it, it seems to be doing well, but as my only previous rose experience has been a tough-as-old-boots climber from the pound shop, I was a bit wary about a 'proper' rose!

I have horrible clay soil which kills most things, especially bulbs, but herbs always survive for me- have a bay tree, thyme, sage (take cuttings every couple of years to grow new plants as they go woody after a bit) chives, rosemary and of course mint for Pimms! Red hot Poker also survives (and is a handy snail trap- they don't eat it but do like to shelter among the leaves so are easy to hunt!)

I've found Poundland, Wilkinsons and Poundstretcher to be really good for cheap plants, shrubs, bulbs and seeds- you have to be careful to make sure they look healthy and haven't been hanging around the shop for a while, but they're cheap enough to get some basics in, then go to nurseries for more exotic specimens or specific colours.

BlueSkySunnyDay Wed 12-Jun-13 23:54:05

betty it is a really nice rose, fragrant, flowers for quite some time and is the most beautiful pale antique pink colour. Its also survived me moving it 2 or 3 times as I kept changing my mind what to do with the garden.

funnyperson Thu 13-Jun-13 03:19:23

Agree, New Dawn is lovely, I have it in the garden, it repeat flowers through the summer and climbs into the oak. Alfred Carriere (ivory, rampant) and Munstead Wood (maroon, fabulous scent) and Gertrude Jekyll (pink, fragrant) and Generous gardener (ivory) are all also very lovely. it is worth checking out David Austin's site.

digerd Thu 13-Jun-13 07:13:53

My favourite climbing rose, of which I have 8 on 4 arches ( still not yet blooming this yearsad), is a german bred one from Kordes called Rosium Eutersen. Enormous filled blooms of bright pink which change to paler shades with a perfume and bushy growing habit.

digerd Thu 13-Jun-13 07:24:43

Rosarium Uetersen

i'm going to go to a extra nice garden center tomorrow

Rhubarbgarden Sat 22-Jun-13 22:07:49

Re tulip leaves - I was taught to leave them on until they turn brown so that they can feed the bulb. However, they must be removed as soon as they turn brown and not allowed to decay into the soil as this can cause tulip disease.

chipmonkey Mon 24-Jun-13 12:47:35

Marking place.....

whatkungfuthat Mon 24-Jun-13 17:33:31

When the geraniums have flowered is it the flower 'stick' that you have to cut close to the ground to get more flowering?

BlueSkySunnyDay Sun 30-Jun-13 16:11:19

I don't know about the annual ones but we have the old fashioned perennial geraniums when you lift up the top leaves and stalks you can see lower younger leaves at the bottom. I cut off all the top bit and they flower again.

buildingmycorestrength Fri 05-Jul-13 16:17:08

Penstemons are brilliant perennials. Lovely blooms, last for aaaaages, well into November some years, and nice full greenery the rest of the year. Lots of colours, not too sensitive!

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