Rosy's Planting Plan for a Border with Moisture Retentive Soil

After the wet autumn and winter we have just endured, many people are reconsidering how they select plants for the garden based on a potentially long term changing climate.  The plants that Rosy has included within this design will all thrive in a moisture retentive soil in a sunny to partially shaded position.  Soils which are traditionally called moisture retentive tend to be those with a high water table, a clay based soil or a soil enriched with lots of organic matter. If you are looking to create a bog garden or water meadow, these plants are a very good place to start. 

The area of the bed is 3 metres by 1.5 metres and of course, you can scale up or down the design as you need to fill your available space.  If you need help with this, please contact us and we would be delighted to help.

Click here for a printable version of Rosy's Moist Soil Border

 

 

The Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASTILBE 'Hennie Graafland' (simplicifolia hybrid) (1) - feathery plumes of pale pink flowers in mid summer over attractive filigree foliage 

SANGUISORBA obtusa (2) - fluffy deep pink flower spikes over attractive filigree foliage in summer 

HOSTA 'Purple Heart' (3) - mounds of neat heart-shaped dark green leaves flushed purple at their base with pale purple flowers in summer 

INULA hookeri (4) - finely fringed yellow daisy flowers in summer that open from their buds like an old-fashioned musical box

HEMEROCALLIS 'Irish Elf' (5) - this form of Daylily produces small golden flowers over a long period in summer, each lasting a day

IRIS pseudacorus nana (6) - vivid yellow flowers in early summer over fresh green sword-like foliage

LIGULARIA 'The Rocket' (7) - statuesque yellow flower spikes with deep brown stems over clumps of large heart-shaped leaves in late summer

LOBELIA x speciosa 'Pink Elephant' (8) - upright stems full of showy deep pink flowers in summer - bees and other pollinators love it

LYCHNIS flos-cuculi 'White Robin' (9) - a shock of unruly white starry flowers in early summer that dance in the breeze - again perfect for pollinators

PRIMULA florindae (10) - commonly known as 'Giant Cowslip' with clusters of dainty yellow nodding flowers over neat fresh green basal rosettes 

PRIMULA japonica 'Miller's Crimson' (11) - stunning crimson flowers in mid summer again with the basal foliage typical of a candelabra primula

RHEUM 'Ace of Hearts' (12) - great colour combination of green heart-shaped leaves with deep red undersides and veining plus pale pink flower spikes

RODGERSIA podophylla (13) - crinkled bronze foliage emerges in spring maturing to a leathery deep green with spikes of feathery white flowers 

SANGUISORBA menziesii (14) - dark maroon bottle brush flowers in early summer - its seedheads look wonderful in winter touched with frost

CIRSIUM rivulare 'Atropurpureum' (15) - purple-red thistle-like flowers in early summer, can produce a second flush in early autumn - bees go mad for it

TROLLIUS culturum 'Lemon Queen' (16) - delicate lemon yellow globe flowers in late spring above finely divided foliage 

 

Sadly we are unable to guarantee having all of the plants available all of the time via mail order. However, if you are visiting the Nursery Shop we may be able to supply suitable substitutes for the plants which you are missing, equally we may actually have the plants listed on Rosy's plans as we often have a wider range of plants available via the Nursery Shop than we are able to offer via mail-order. 

 

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