When planting a new border, which plants should you/do you plant first? Would you plant shrubs first and then perennials.. etc or does it matter? Also, when deciding on where to plant your plants, do you go for a certain pattern like in 3's or just random? AND when is the best time to be planting a new border?
Shrubs/trees first to give shape to your planting. They stay a long time. Get them far enough apart to grow for years. Arrange them in a way that pleases you. Fill in between with whatever takes your fancy. It's your choice. Now is good. Spring next week.
Just planted up a new border which will be a mix of shrubs and perennials. Had nearly all the shrubs a first and then lay them out looking at height etc They are the long term structure of the border. Left a couple of spaces for the 2 I have been unable to get.
Will now collect suitable perennials, probably to arrange and plant out in 3-4 weeks time, they will be in odd no groups with some singles
Ooo right yes i get it. So shrubs first = structure and shape. then fill in spaces with perrenials and bulbs etc. How do you go about planting up a long border? Ive found a planting plan online (http://www.contemporarygardendesign.co.uk/shady-border-plant-group/) that i like and suits my garden but it says that the plants that it uses will create a border of 2.5m, but my border is about 13m spanning the entire garden. Would i literally just repeat the plan? Sorry for all the questions! :S
Why not start with the border say 3.5m and see if you like the planting plan. Then you can always change what you have, if you don't , and add to it/find other plans you like. Also as you get better find more plants you like as your knowkedge increases
Hmm good idea Rosa! Ill see how it goes
Get the oriental poppy behind a miscanthus, it hides the dying off stage