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Chalky soil

Ready-made borders Open border plan Soils found over chalk are invariable alkaline, and if the soil is quite shallow, then the chief problem for the lime-tolerant plants will be rapid drainage. This border has been designed using plants which can cope with these difficult conditions and will give you a long period of interest throughout the year.

Planting tips: Dig in loads of composted farmyard manure or garden compost before you plant to help enrich the soil and improve its water holding capacity. Subsequently you should add a generous layer of the compost as a mulch each autumn and then leave it for the worms to work into the soil over the winter.

You will need a border measuring 4 x 2m in a sunny spot.

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Total: £228.66

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Verbena bonariensis

purple top

£4.99 8 in stock £39.92
Stipa gigantea

golden oats

£0.00 0 available to order from autumn £0.00
Centranthus ruber

red valerian

£5.99 3 in stock £17.97
Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire'


£0.00 0 available to order from autumn £0.00
Acanthus spinosus

bear's breeches

£6.99 3 within 2 weeks £20.97
Cistus × argenteus 'Silver Pink'

rock rose

£12.99 1 in stock £12.99
Hypericum × moserianum 'Tricolor'

St. John's wort

£9.99 1 within 2 weeks £9.99
Astrantia major subsp. involucrata 'Shaggy'


£6.99 5 in stock £34.95
Hebe 'Champagne'


£0.00 0 available to order from autumn £0.00
Vinca minor 'Atropurpurea'

lesser periwinkle

£5.99 1 in stock £5.99
Nepeta × faassenii


£5.99 1 in stock £5.99
Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Pink Domino'


£0.00 0 available to order from autumn £0.00
Bergenia cordifolia 'Purpurea'

elephant's ears

£6.99 1 in stock £6.99
Hebe 'Red Edge'

shrubby veronica

£0.00 0 available to order from autumn £0.00
Lamprocapnos spectabilis

bleeding heart (syn. Dicentra spectabilis)

£4.99 1 in stock £4.99
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'


£19.99 1 in stock £19.99
Achillea millefolium 'Lilac Beauty'


£5.99 3 in stock £17.97
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'


£5.99 5 in stock £29.95