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The Flamboyant Border

A hot-blooded border in red, orange and yellow. For a warm, dry south facing area.

This summer/autumn border blooms non-stop from July until October. Blossoming begins with yellow Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’) and Coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis), along with a red Day lily (Hemerocallis) and an Agastache. More yellow and red follows with umbellar Yarrow (Achillea filipendula ‘Parkers Variety’) and two types of Heleniums.
In September the area at the back of the border blooms with the two-metre high sunflower
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, along with Golden Rod (Solidago ‘Fireworks’).

Already in the first year of planting, the Agastache and Tickseed will ensure an extravagant floral display. In the second year these plants will bloom less, until they finally disappear. However, in the meantime, the other plants and grasses will have been able to establish themselves and will take over the place left by these short-lived perennials. This principle is called ‘wijkers en blijvers’ in Dutch horticultural jargon. It means something like ‘stayers and leavers’.

The bulb kit for this border consists of yellow and white Crocuses in March, followed hot on the heels by scented Narcissi, and in April a sea of red, yellow and orange Tulips!