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

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whiteandyellowiris Sat 08-Jun-13 18:17:05

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.

PeppermintCreamsSaga Sat 08-Jun-13 18:21:59

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

I have a lot of these, I put in two and over the last five years they have multiplied - I don't do anything with them, they are mixed into the boarders where they can squeeze in
same as above love in a mist are very delicate looking but grow and spread where they can

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

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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!

InMySpareTime Sat 08-Jun-13 19:22:03

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.

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