The Growers Choice: Long-flowering plants

The Growers Choice: Long-flowering plants

If you are wanting your garden to bloom throughout the year, be sure to include long-flowering varieties in your projects from Vincas to Erysimum. Below is a list of some of our favourite long-flowering varieties.

Erysimum Bowle's Mauve

A long-flowering semi-evergreen with narrow, grey-green leaves. This perennial produces spikes of purple flowers from late February to July and will make a great addition to a long flowering sunny border.

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Available in 2L pots.

Vinca minor

One of our favourite ground cover plants is the evergreen Vinca Minor. It is well-known for its capability in ground-covering flaunting its star-like blue flowers which can be seen from April to September. Planting the Vinca Minor in very dry soil exposed to full sun or partial shade will allow them to flourish.

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????Position: Full sun - partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.2 metres

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Available in 2L pots.

Persicaria 'Darjeeling Red'

Is a semi-evergreen perennial, well-known for its crimson upright flowers. It can be seen in the Autumn months from September to November, growing up to half a metre tall. For best results, soil moisture must be moist but well-drained.

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????Position: Full sun - partial shade

???? Height: Up to 0.5 metres

???? Soil: Moist but well-drained

Available in 2L and 5L pots.

Geranium varieties

A perfect plant doing well in partial shade to full sun, it's great for underplanting or filling in any empty gaps in your border, adding beautiful purple flowers from June through to October.

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????Position: Sun - Partial Shade

???? Height: Up to 0.6m

???? Soil: fertile, well-drained soil.

Salvia varieties such as 'Caradonna'

Violet blue flowers grow on purple stems from June to October. Happiest in a sunny position in a well-drained border. The flowers are well-loved by bees and butterflies.

????Flowers: June - October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1.2m (depending on variety)

Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2l, 3L,5L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

Fuchsia varieties such as 'Tom Thumb' 'Genii' and 'Mrs Popple'

A great addition to a sunny partial shade area of a project. They would even look great in a hanging basket.

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???? Position: Full sun  or partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on variety)

Soil: Fertile, moist well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

Potentilla varieties such as 'Red Robin' 'Lovely pink' 'Goldfinger' 'Abbotswood' and 'Tangerine'

????Flowers: May - October

???? Position: Full sun - partial shade

???? Height: Up to 1m depending on the variety

Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil

Pot size: 2L, 3L, 5L, 7.5L, 10L (depending on variety and subject to availability)

Agastache varieties such as 'Morello', 'Little Adder' & 'Blue Fortune'

????Flowers:  July - October (depending on variety)

???? Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 1m (depending on the variety)

Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

 Pot size: 2L. 3L

Verbena bonariensis

Tall branching stems with clusters of lilac-purple flowers from June to September are ideal for the front or middle of a border in full sun.

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????Position: Full sun

???? Height: Up to 2m  (depending on variety)

???? Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil

Available in 2l  pots (depending on variety) 

Other long-flowering varieties you could use include Lavender, Hypericum, Erigeron, Penstemon, Nepeta and Buddleia.

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Posted 11th Aug 10:33am