Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:14
Lovely to have shade and sun borders.
If soil is good on shady side I'd plant a couple of shrubs. Sarcoccoca, hydrangeas and skimmias good evergreen and body. Couple of ferns, astilbes hellebores, astrantias. How long is this border? Don't plant it totally with perennials for now.....I would use new guinea impatiens in between.
On sunny side, again if soil is ok, Potentillas give summer colour, albeit not evergreen, berberis Darwinii, senecio with its grey foliage n yellow flowers, and buddleia ...wht better for attracting bees n butterflies? Mounds of foliage like santolina interspersed with asters, lupins, ornamental grasses, etc.
Verbena bonariensis,is a fantastic tall, see through plant always attracting bees etc and looks amazing for months.
Again though, don't overpaint with expensive perennials right now.....use summer annuals in between. There will be plants you will want to plant as time goes by