Alkyline soil - Knowledgebase Question

Cedar Park, TX
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Question by Carole85
January 30, 1998
Please recommend some flowers which I can use to create an "English Cottage Garden" in alkyline soil.


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Answer from NGA
January 30, 1998
While very few "English" flowers will thrive in alkaline soils, you can create an English Cottage Garden style using some of our well adapted plants. Below are some suggestions:

Achillea - Yarrow
Alcea rosea - Holly Hocks
Alyogyne huegelii - Blue Hibiscus
Buddleia davidii - Butterfly Bush
Centaurea cyanus - Cornflower
Clarkia amoena - Clarkia
Consolida ambigua - larkspur
Coreopsis
Cosmos
Echinacea purpurea - Purple coneflower
Helianthus annuus - Sunflower
Lathyrus odoratus - Sweet pea
Lavandula - Lavender
Linaria maroccana - Toadflax
Penstemon - Beard Tongue
Plumbago auriculata - Cape Plumbago
Roses
Rudbeckia - Black eyed Susan
Salvia clevelandii
Salvia greggii
Salvia leucantha
Tropaeolum majus - Nasturtium

Many of these make great cut flowers and attract butterflies.
Enjoy!

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