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28 PLANTS FOR CLAY SOILS Geranium (‘Gerwat’) ROZANNE The summer-long display of this geranium makes it one of the best. From clumps of prettily divided foliage emerge perfect, saucer-shaped, vibrant violet-blue f lowers. As it keeps f lowering from early summer right until the first frosts in fall, this is one of the best value-for-money plants on the market; it suits most well-drained soils. Foliage dies back in winter. ALSO RECOMMENDED: G. psilostemon is one of the tallest, with black-eyed magenta f lowers; G.

190). 348). Position with care in a rock garden; it may overwhelm smaller plants. ad Z5–8 H8–5 e8–24in (20–60cm) or more Perennial 55 56 PLANTS FOR SANDY SOILS Eryngium x tripartitum This plant forms a mound of lobed, few-spined, glossy dark green leaves. 524). 166, 190). ALSO RECOMMENDED: E. 208); E. variifolium has whitemarbled leaves and blue-violet f lowers. 494) with its airy clusters of tiny, papery, lavender-blue f lowers in mid- to late summer. 524) and are borne on wiry stems above rosettes of leathery, dark green leaves.

O. oligophyllum has white petals, green on the insides. Perennial bulb abd Z7–10 H12–7 h4–12in (10–30cm) s4in (10cm) Parahebe perfoliata Digger’s speedwell has a spreading habit and bears short spikes of saucer-shaped blue flowers in late summer. The bluish or grayish, evergreen, overlapping leaves are oval and slightly leathery. Suitable for gaps in old walls or in a rock garden; it needs an open, sunny site. ALSO RECOMMENDED: P. hookeriana is a mat-forming species with white to lavenderblue f lowers in summer.

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