Planting scheme for under stepover espalier apple trees
I have a narrow, long bed, approx 7m long and 30cm wide, which separates my flower garden from my veg plot. I planted stepover espalier apple trees last autumn to act as a low divider and want to add some planting underneath. This will need to be low so it doesn't detract from, or get in the way of, the apple trees. I like the idea of having some colour after the apple blossom is over and before the fruit (which I realise may not be for at least a couple of years!)
I am in southern Cumbria so get a lot of rain and cold weather in winter. The garden is east facing and gets lots of sun when it is out. The bed was completely dug out before planting and the soil replaced with a good mix of good topsoil and compost. The rest of the flower side of the garden was planterd up last summer and is a mix of shrubs and perennials with lots of colour and interest through the year with lots of plants that are good for pollinators.
Photos attached. Any suggestions would be very welcome Thanks