Chalky soil

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Chalky soil

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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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purple top
golden oats
red valerian
dogwood
bear's breeches
rock rose
St. John's wort
masterwort
veronica
lesser periwinkle
catmint
mullein
elephant's ears
shrubby veronica
daphne
yarrow
coneflower