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Border Planting Country garden border, - What a difference a year makes

As well as Flower farming at the moment, I am making time to go back and see some of the borders i've planted up in the last couple of years.

This border was looking great in dappled sunshine this week, With the Deutzia in the background flowering its socks off, and the Alliums and tulips keeping the colour theme going.

We started this border in April last year, - at the time it was full of Large shrubs which had been vigourously pruned, and a large amount of Ground elder and Bindweed, as well as some spreading Geraniums. The soil is easy to work and sandy, but it has underlying clay. This means it keeps moisture well, but is impossible to work in the wet

We cleared the border of most of the plants, and added a range of Herbaceous perennials to give a full season of colour, which can be viewed from the terrace.

By the late summer the border had filled out well, but it  looked quite untidy, so we took out another couple of the shrubs, the fence was painted black to fade into the background, and a path was laid to edge the border and keep the grass away from the plants

We also moved around some of the original plants, now that we knew what colour they flowered, so we have kept to colour themes for different times of the year.

Ilonka tulips may13-4
The early season tulips were a great mix of colours, including the salmon orange at the front. There are other bright colours that will fill that space later in the summer, but for now, the cooler colours reign.



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