Designing planting schemes is one of my favorite gardening tasks, and finding the right plants to fulfill all my clients needs, is a great challenge.
The border that I was finishing today, was a fairly typical project.
Last summer, this was a fairly typical border, a range of shrubs and perennials, available from Garden centres, - lots of weeds, as the plants didn't cover all the ground, but, some of the shrubs had grown too fast, and were blocking the view and the sun at the far end of the border.
My clients love the warmth and colours of the far east, and wanted to include bright coloured flowers for as long as possible throughout the year BUT, because they visit the far east and are away for more than a couple of weeks at a time, they need a border that is easy to look after, and where the plants will come back year after year.
This is how it's looking now, - Narsissus Tete a Tete, has now finished to be replaced by Narsissus Thalia, and Frittilaria Imperialaris.
We moved around some of the shrubs that fitted our needs (the rose and Euonymus), and managed to divide some of the perennials (Nepeta and Geranium Johnson's Blue) so that single plants were now in groups
I've also planted Heleniums, Rudbeckias and Penstemons, and there are lots of Alliums with buds showing.
I could have put in Tulips for colour, but the soil is sandy and very free draining, so they wouldn't be long lasting, whereas alliums, fritillarias, and narsissus, should go on flowering year after year.
One of the parts of my job that I love is that I get to go back and tend to the borders and add and tweak them over the years, so i'll update you on how colourful this looks in the summer.