Posted: 02/05/2016 at 22:03
I plant spring flowered plants next to summer ones...not always but I try
hellebores,,for example. when in full flower they occupy a larger space; when flowers cut back plants like heleniums,,lobelias, geum totally tangerine,,aster frikartii monch take over. primroses for example can thrive and be seen in spring and are covered in summer. Rudbeckias too. Don't forget bulbs....lilies,,daffs, tulips, hyacinths,,snowdrops all provide fill in colour before late summer stuff takes over
I also grow specimen size wallflowers and stocks to provide foliage in winter and flowers in spring. these are replaced by summer perennials like dahlias and other tender plants.
Once you understand how plants grow, how big, etc., you can associate them to provide maximum colour and form.
since your garden is small be practical.....decide which plants give value and which do not snd take up too much space.