Border Planting July 2018

An English take on a Tropical Paradise

I was asked to create a tropical border by a decked area for a client earlier this year.

Border - bare earth

Border before planting – March 2018


This how the border looked after removing perennial weeds and incorporating organic matter to an extremely clay soil .



Border first planted

Border after planting – April 2018


Once planted the border started to take shape.

Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’ was usedĀ  to provide year-round structural interest. It was time now to water the plants in and leave them establish.



Border Planting July 2018

Planting starting to look established – July 2018

Three months on and the plants are looking happy and established.

Crocosmia ‘Pauls’s Best Yellow’ is in full flower with bright yellow flowers held on trusses which cascade from tall upright stems. Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ with its large, golden-yellow daisy-like flowers is just starting to make an appearance.


Heleniums in flower

Heleniums adding a pop of colour to the border


Heleniums always add a splash of colour to a planting scheme. This one is Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’. It a perennial, so will come up every year and produce itsĀ  flower-heads from early to mid-summer

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