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Post Plants for spring/early summer effect
Exotic borders look at their best much later in the year than most other plants. In Wales, due to the generally cooler spring and summer everything starts growing even later. Looking at your photos, I would say my plants are about a month behind. My main flowering plants at the moment are gingers, cannas, dahlias, salvias, lobelias and hot poker plants.
I am looking for plants I can "squeeze" between the exotics, which won't look out of place and will give some interest in the spring and first part of the summer. Any recommendations?

Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:06 am
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Post Re: Plants for spring/early summer effect
Egeworthia crysantha is early flowering

Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:44 am
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Post Re: Plants for spring/early summer effect

Pleione, Calanthe, Bletilla and Cypripedium hybrids all flower well before the others, most commonly from March to May onwards.

To boot, I created a winter flowering border with Hamamelis, Mahonias and Camellias to have flowers all around the year.

Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:59 am

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Post Re: Plants for spring/early summer effect
Edgeworthia is one of my favourites but may not thank you for being "squeezed" in as it is quite an open shrub. Orchids as Steven says will fit in really well and what about Camassias? They add height, look quite exotic, come in a nice range of blues and white, add height are hardy and the bulbs can just be left in and they multiply well. There is even a variegated leaf form. Would trilliums be too early for you? Fritillarias - crown imperials are very exotic looking. Again all bulbous plants which can be squeezed in and left.

Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:18 pm
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Post Re: Plants for spring/early summer effect
Some of the Bergenia are rather good, I am particularly fond of B.pacumbis white flowers in late winter followed by huge leaves

Imagebergenia pacumbis (2) by charliepridham, on Flickr

Imagebergenia pacumbis leaves by charliepridham, on Flickr

Flowers can get frosted but the foliage is hardy

I am also a fan of of Rodgersia mainly again for the large bronze leaves and the ornamental Rhubarbs are pretty spectacular

Imagerhuem 012 by charliepridham, on Flickr

and Cardoons are another hardy large leafed plant

Charlie, Growing climbers in Cornwall

Sat Jul 08, 2017 9:39 am
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Post Re: Plants for spring/early summer effect
Thank you guys. Some great ideas and I have made a list of plants to buy. Thanks again.

Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:39 pm
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