Retentive and Sunny

The following plants will flourish in average garden conditions, that is, well-prepared, reasonable retentive soil which sees plants through all but abnormal drought. They could suffer under conditions, which the plants in the list for hot, dry conditions will tolerate, but in suitable circumstances, some plants from both these lists could be mixed.

Small and low-growing plants for retentive soil in sun:

 

Ajuga

Alchemilla conjuncta

Alchemilla erythropoda

Androsace

Anemone multifida

Anthemis (dwarf forms)

Aquilegia (dwarf forms)

Arctanthemum arcticum

Arthropodium candidum

Arum creticum

Aruncus aethusifolius

Aster tongolensis

Astilbe (dwarf forms)

Bergenia (dwarf forms)

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Chrysogonum virginianum

Colchicum

Coreopis

Erigeron

Erythronium

Fritillaria verticillata

Geranium (dwarf forms)

Geum (dwarf forms)

Hemerocallis (dwarf forms)

Heuchera

X Heucherella

Iris graminea

Iris innominata

Iris japonica

Jasione “Blue Light”

Kalimeris yomena “Shogun”

Leucojum

Limonium bellidifolium

Lychnis viscaria

Myosotis

Nepeta nervosa

Omphalodes

Ophiopogon

Origanum vulgare “Aureum”

Parahebe

Persicaria (dwarf forms)

Phlox (dwarf forms)

Potentilla neumanniana

Potentilla X tonguei

Pratia

Primula auricula

Primula denticulata

Prunella

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Rudbeckia (dwarf)

Serratula seoaneii

Silene

Sisyrinchium (dwarf forms)

Stokesia laevis

Trifolium

Viola

Zigadenus

Grasses to use with some of the plants listed above:

 

Alopecurus

Carex

Holcus mollis

Imperata cylindrical

Luzula

Melica altissima

Molinia

Pennisetum

Phalaris picta “Feesey”

Medium to large plants for retentive soil in sun:

 

Achillea (border types)

Aconitum

Agastache

Alchemilla mollis

Amsonia

Angelica

Anthemis tinctoria

Anthericum

Aquilegia

Arctanthemum arcticum

Artemesia lactiflora

Aruncus dioicus

Aster

Astilbe

Astrantia

Baptisia

Begenia (large forms)

Buphthalmum

Camassia

Campanula

Canna

Centaurea

Cephalaria

Chaerophyllum

Chelone

Chrysanthemum

Crocosmia

Delphinium

Dierama

Dipsacus inermis

Echinacea purpurea

Elsholtzia stauntonii

Epilobium augustifolium album

Eupatorium

Euphorbia griffithii

Euphorbia palustris

Euphorbia sikkimensis

Fagopyrum dibotrys

Filipendula

Fuchsia

Geranium

Gillenia trifoliate

Gypsophila “Flamingo”

Hedychium densiflorum

Helenium hybrids

Helianthus

Heliopsis

Helleborus

Hemerocallis

Houttuynia

Humulus lupulus “Aureus”

Incarvillea

Inula

Iris ensata

Iris sibirica

Kalimeris

Kirengeshoma

Kanutia

Kniphofia

Leucanthemum X suberbum

Liatris

Libertia

Ligularia

Limonium platyphyllum

Lobelia

Lychnis chalcedonica

Lysimachia

Lythrum

Macleaya

Monarda

Morinia

Nepeta govaniana

Nepeta sibirica

Nerine

Origanum “Rosenkuppel”

Papaver orientale

Patrinia

Penstemon

Persicaria

Phlox (medium to large forms)

Physostegia

Polemonium

Potentilla “Gibson’s Scarlet”

Potentilla nepalensis

Potentilla rupestris

Ranunculus acontifolius

Ranunculus acris “flore Pleno”

Rheum

Rudbeckia

Salvia uliginosa

Sanguisorba

Saponaria “Alba Plena”

Scabiosa caucasica

Schizostylis

Sidalcea

Sinacalia tangutica

Solidage caesia

Stachys macrantha

Stachys officinalis

Symphytum Hidcote forms

Thalictrum

Thermopsis lupinoides

Tradescantia

Tricyrtis

Tritonia disticha

Trollius

Valeriana officinalis

Vernonia

Veronicastrum virginicum

Zigadenus

 

Grasses to use with some of the plants listed above:

 

Calamagrostis

Carex pendula

Chasmanthum latifolium

Cortaderia

Deschampsia “Goldschleier”

Luzula sylvatica

Miscanthus

Molinia

Panicum

Sorghastrum avenaceum

Spartina pectinata

Spodiopogon sibiricus