Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:26
Yvie - rasied beds are great for getting plants at a height where you can appreciate flowers that you might otherwise overlook in a more traditional border.
Greta suggestions already for your shady area. I have a narrow shady border along my back fence which I can see from the house and I specifically planted it for mainly winter/spring interest as we get lots of long, dreary wet days here at that time of year. People often forget how important it is to have something to look at from the house on wet days so a bit of structure is worth putting in. I've got lots of white and cream daffs and crocus in there along with ferns, native primulas and cyclamen with white Anemones and Astilbe for later. I've got Heucheras, Bergenia, dwarf Gaultherias, Osmanthus burkwoodii, a green/cream Euonymous, a bright green Lonicera (shrubby honeysuckle) and Pachysandra for evergreens and I have a couple of gold/green carexes which will go in later this year. The flowers are all shades of white, cream and a little yellow. It's amazing what you can get in to give some all year colour and interest.