need some all year colour in a small garden, any suggestions???

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
hello all,

We currently have a small garden, which has a border bed around the edge. There are a few plants, but only various shades of green.

We really need to put some colour / flowers into the garden, and would like the following;

1) cheap / good price to purchase

2) self continued / requires little, no maintaince

3) comes up every year

any suggestions?????
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  • REENREEN Forumite
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    Parkers do perennial herbaceous collections which are cheap, but they are supplied when very small.
    http://www.jparkers.co.uk/perennial-plants/herbaceous-collections?p=2
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    Do these come back every year?
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  • REENREEN Forumite
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    Yes, that's what perennial means. Herbaceous means they die down in winter. They would need some dead-heading and a tidy up in autumn.
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    Reen wrote: »
    Yes, that's what perennial means. Herbaceous means they die down in winter. They would need some dead-heading and a tidy up in autumn.

    I could cope with that, is that a good price? is B&Q good?
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  • Hi I too have a small garden and have used vertical space also I have clematis growing which have flowered since April. The £ shop have bags of bulbs in daffodils miniature ones are good as don't get ruined by the weather and tulips to follow. Ground cover like aubreatia sp? and white rock are good, then parimulars. Then hollyhocks, lupins, perennial geranium, lillies, roses etc. I wouldn't particularly buy from B&Q as often the plants are not watered very well. Look on line for flowering months, my garden is a cottage garden most would call it a rockery it's so small however I grow leeks, spring onions, purple sprouting broccoli, salad, runner beans and anything I can shoehorn in.

    Best wishes I hope that you enjoy planning your colourful garden oh [email protected] have some great buys and I have had great success growing from their seed.

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  • richy999richy999 Forumite
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    I could cope with that, is that a good price? is B&Q good?

    B&Q is convenient but expensive compared to a local plant nursery.
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    eunonymous fortunei require very little maintenance although they are slow growers so its worth going to your local garden centre and buying a semi mature one
    i have a few around the garden,1 on its own and two which are being trained around a small fence (even though they arent climbers).they can be spaced to form a dense hedge,look good on their own or in borders/rockeries. 'emerald n gold' and 'silver queen' are my favourite varities. ROD465_EUONYMUS_FORTUNEI_SILVER_QUEEN.jpg

    I know their not 'flowers' but will give you colour all year round,even in the depths of winter
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    As MessyBetty says, the pound shops (and B&M and Home Bargains) have cheap bulbs in now. I've had some lovely ones from all of them. They are smaller than the ones you get from the garden centres, a few haven't flowered in their first year but most are good. Tete-a-tete daffs, the shorter tulips and grape hyacinths (muscari) are colourful and reliable.

    If you have space to fill, those packets of annuals sold for children are a quick fix. Bright and cheerful for one year only but if you let them seed before you pull them out their offspring may turn up next year.
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    You could try the wallflower Erysimum Bowles Mauve. It is evergreen, drought tolerant, thrives in most soils and grows relatively quickly. The bees love it. It looks a little like lavender and flowers for months, especially if you dead head the old flower spikes every so often.

    We have a lot of them in our woodland as the deer don't like them! They are usually between £3-5 from most garden centres. :)
    Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.... :/
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