I find it much easier to plant up a border if it has a theme. It doesn’t matter what the theme is, whether it is a colour, sun or shade, dry or wet, as long as there is something to help decide which plants to use. Our overall soil is very heavy clay which has been improved over the 25 yrs we have been here, but still needs more leaf mould and compost adding each year. We get a lot of rain here in the South West corner of England, that is why everywhere is so green and lush!
Sunset over the village.
The border I decided to make my sunset border faces North West and is where the last rays of the sun shine in the evening. Having just taken rather a lot of sunset photos, they inspired me to choose plants that were in the same colour spectrum, reds, pinks,oranges, yellows, blues and purples, as I could see all these colours in my photos. The border is in dappled shade for the morning and then sunshine for most of the afternoon.
Overview of the border.
The planting starts in January with snowdrops and hellebores and is joined in April with various narcissus. I planted some tulips in pots for May as they wouldn’t survive the winter planted in the border. I think some of them are very short as I forgot to water them! These will be added to over the next few years.
Cowslips are seeding around and spreading nicely, all without any effort from me.
Tulips are almost finished now, but I will plan more for next year.
Some English bluebells have seeded here, I’ll have to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t spread too far.
Just starting to put out new foliage is Hakonechloa macra All Gold.
Libertia peregrinans has settled in nicely. These are bits from the clump in the opposite bed across the grass.
An Azalea bought from the Duchy of Cornwall’s nursery last year.
Geum Totally Tangerine which has been flowering all winter. The plant is covered with lovely fat buds, soon it should be a mass of orange flowers. I decided not to move the Geum which is next to the pink Azalea as pink and orange are next to each other in many a sunset.
Dicentra which has been here for such a long time, before I thought of making this a sunset border.
Milium effusum Aureum which seeds about nice and gently.
This large rhododendron forms a backdrop to the border. When the flowers open they are a paler pink than the bud.
A lovely purple Heuchera with accompanying forget me nots.
An orange coloured Carex which fits in with the colour scheme.
As well as the Azalea that I bought at the Duchy of Cornwall’s Nursery last year, I bought Acer Shindeshojo. The new leaves have just started emerging.
The leaves are such an amazing pink.
But look at the whole bush, the left half has been burnt by the north wind over the winter. I will have to move it, it was going to be to the woodland, but I think if I move it just 10ft to the right, it should be sheltered by the house. I’ll decide next autumn when the leaves have fallen, it might still make it’s way to the woodland.
The border from the other end.
There are still plants to be planted for the summer and autumn and still places left for me to plant them in! By next year it should look a lot better, but in the mean time I’m happy with the colours that are there already.
Plants are filling out nicely in the year they have been here, have you been changing any areas in your garden recently?