How to Put Colour In Your Garden Beds and Borders
Let us now progress to the borders and beds. Again, it is impossible to suggest anything other than in general terms. But in planning, try to aim at a mixture of subjects that will give you year-round colour — not necessarily in flowers, but with foliage and berries too.
This is important because the careful and imaginative selection of brilliantly hued plants and colourful blooms can do much to enhance the look and, in the end, style and dimensions of the garden.
It has already been suggested that you should use a background of evergreens to provide the outline to your garden. These will act as a foil to the colourfulness of your flowers.
The greys of lavender, rosemary and senecio, for instance, can contrast beautifully with the red berries and apple green leaves of the taller shrub Skimmia foremanii or Pernettya mucronata with a choice of white, pink, lilac and crimson berries.
Again, attention to these contrasts can help in creating depth on the perimeter in what could well in fact be a fairly narrow bed in front of a fence.
Borders can bring out the artist in you. The underplanting of bulbs and bays of dwarf plants at the foot of evergreens and individual shrubs is a good way of establishing an herbaceous border. Although the shrubs can thrust forward to the edge of the border at regular intervals, it would be useless to plant dwarfs further back than the middle of the border.
The planting of groups of dwarfs partly hidden by taller plants is another way of creating surprises in.
Where the planting area near fences is particularly small, use the fences themselves to help provide the backcloth to your design schemes. There are manythat can be used for this purpose.
Clematis is an excellent choice — and there are sufficient varieties to provide a long-flowering season. Vigorous, fence-hugging climbing roses of six-feet high or more are also excellent.
Fences like this are also most suitable to accommodate fruit-growing on a small scale — with horizontal or fan-trained trees, pears, plums or peaches.