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30 fail-safe garden picks

From statement-making annuals to shade-loving perennials, Frankie Flowers shares his garden-worthy picks

Sun-loving perennials
The hot summer sun is no match for these proven performers. They have a long bloom period and they’re tolerant of dry spells, making them truly low maintenance. 

My top 5

21. ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’)

22. Silver feather grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’)

23. ‘Goldsturm’ black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’)

24. Autumn Joy sedum (Sedum [Herbstfreude Group] ‘Herbstfreude’)

25. Shasta daisy Becky (Leucanthemum ×superbum ‘Becky’)

Star plant: 'Moonbeam' coreopsis, a sun-loving perennial, is a proven performer, and its buttercup-yellow blooms and light, thin foliage add a splash of fresh colour to the garden.

Perennials for shade

The possibilities for a perennial shade garden are endless. From the large leaves of hosta to the colourful flowers of astilbe, this selection will add garden interest with a minimal amount of care.

My top 5

26. ‘Sprite’ astilbe (Astilbe [Simplicifolia Hybrid] ‘Sprite’)

27. Fern-leafed bleeding heart (Dicentra ‘Luxuriant’)

28. Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’)

29. Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)

30. ‘Sum and Substance’ hosta


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