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Perennials for Spring and Summer Planting

Perennials for Spring and Summer Planting

Here are my all time favourite perennials and biennials for spring planting. They are all strong performers which will look good in the garden for months at a stretch.
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    Salvia 'Amistad'

    If I was only allowed to take one plant to a desert island, this would be in the running. It flowers May to November with petals cut from silk velvet. It is unfussy and easy to grow in a pot or border.

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    Salvia x jamensis 'Nachtvlinder'

    My favourite of all the tender perennial salvias we have in our rose garden, underplanting the roses to protect them from fungal diseases – Blackspot and Mildew – and it's working! It flowers from June to November and is always busy with honey and bumblebees. Highly recommended.

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    The Salvia Collection

    The view from my desk. I am obsessed by this succession of three salvias which look good from April to November and flower almost as long. We inter- and underplant our roses with these to keep the blackspot and mildew at bay. This collection contains 1 plant each of:

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    Verbena bonariensis

    Verbena bonariensis produces a haze of purple flowers at shoulder height in the autumn. If you keep picking it, it will shorten and broaden a bit – no bad thing. Mix it with Cosmos 'Purity' and Gaura lindheimeri to create a lovely, airy filling to a border, and there is no better plant for…