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cottage garden border- low purple plant needed for front of border-

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badasscafe1 Fri 15-Apr-16 17:33:31

any suggestions? is actually border across the front of my house so not very deep but quite long- have lots of pinks and reds in there, and purple alliums- so thinking some purple along front would be nice. requirements are - must be perennial, gets half sun (afternoon) and tendency to be dry but I do water as much as I can. many thanks

badasscafe1 Fri 15-Apr-16 17:34:14

should be purple flower needed! foliage doesn't need to be purple!

ABetaDad1 Fri 15-Apr-16 17:36:55

Tendency to be dry would suit a lavender very well.

ihatethecold Fri 15-Apr-16 17:47:46

Geraniums are lovely. I don't mean pelargoniums !
They come back every year and need very little maintenance.
There's lots of nice purple ones.

badasscafe1 Fri 15-Apr-16 17:50:31

I was thinking lavender might be too high... will look at both- thanks for suggestions

MadSprocker Fri 15-Apr-16 17:56:15

Yes hardy geraniums is what you need.

bookbook Fri 15-Apr-16 18:39:33

how about pulmonaria? though only flowers in spring

thesandwich Fri 15-Apr-16 18:41:51


TweenageAngst Fri 15-Apr-16 18:44:12


Ferguson Fri 15-Apr-16 20:15:30

I agree to hardy geraniums (cranesbill) - there are hundreds of varieties, sizes, habits, and easy to grow. Also Heuchera are good, as virtually evergreen; again, many types. Something a bit more 'exotic' - fuchsia.

cooper44 Fri 15-Apr-16 20:18:28

erysimum bowles mauve is lovely and has flowered virtually year round here.
geranium rozanne is lovely - although it's lilac rather than deep purple.

LotsofDots Fri 15-Apr-16 20:18:51

I was also going to suggest aubrietia.

DippyHippy2016 Fri 15-Apr-16 20:24:59


MyNightWithMaud Sat 16-Apr-16 08:39:56

Any of the above or lamium (which like bugle should spread nicely). Some of the bergenias have reddish flowers and purple foliage.

Kr1stina Sat 16-Apr-16 19:40:34

What height do you want ?

I'd go for nepeta walkers low or salvia Nemerosa

funnyperson Sun 17-Apr-16 00:27:31

Geranium Roxanne

BeBesideTheSea Sun 17-Apr-16 00:40:57


mumndad37 Sun 17-Apr-16 01:23:39


Heartbroken4 Sun 17-Apr-16 01:45:16

Aubretia: my Parents used to have it in three shades of purple. It is low and spreads, but not excessively.

shovetheholly Sun 17-Apr-16 08:42:09

There is a lovely small verbena - verbena rigida - that flowers right through from June. It is SUCH a vivid purple and has a compact form. Not at all like the floating stems of the much larger verbena bonariensis.

badasscafe1 Sun 17-Apr-16 20:51:38

these are great suggestions- many many thanks- another consideration is cost. the bed is about 15 metres long- so a lot of plants to cover it. working my way through suggestions now,

ihatethecold Sun 17-Apr-16 20:53:37

J Parker is a good website for plants in bulk that are cheaper than a garden centre.

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