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I have a bor­der which is 2ft x 32ft. Ev­ery year I spend a small for­tune on bed­ding plants. What can I plant that’s not too high and flow­ers for a long time, year after year? When should I plant them and how many do I need? Eric Hawksworth


I’m guess­ing if you are plant­ing out bed­ding ev­ery year that this is a sunny enough bor­der.

You might be bet­ter off us­ing peren­ni­als which will re-emerge each spring, usu­ally big­ger and bet­ter.

I note you want low-grow­ing plants so I’d sug­gest the likes of Gera­nium ‘Rozanne’ which will pro­vide lots of blue flow­ers right through to au­tumn.

Other candidates are Yar­row, Nepeta, As­tran­tia, Core­op­sis and Rud­beckia.

Plant a mix now for a kalei­do­scope of flow­ers from now un­til late au­tumn.

Al­low­ing a 2ft spread per plant, you’ll need 16 plants to fill this bor­der.

Gera­nium ‘Rozanne’

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