I'm developing a new border, about 10m long by 3.5m wide. There is an existing laburnum and purple twisted hazel. The border extends a further 5m beyond the twisted hazel but not doing anything with that till next year. I have bought a combination of shrubs as follows. These are ones I wanted, so not necessarily the perfect companions. I don't expect it to be a perfect show garden border, I will love it, and not many others will see it. That said, if there are glaring mistakes in terms of the arrangements or spacings i would appreciate the advice. So from right to left - ,Taxus baccata david, 3 spiraea goldmound, berberis red pillar, Spiraea Shirobana,
Choisya ternata ‘Sundance, bottlebrush, 2 Euphorbia purpurea, pittosprum tom thumb, 5 bergenia (under the laburnum, bulbs will be put here as well ), Helleborus argutifolius, euonymus Emerald Gaiety, hydrangea limelight, Hydrangea Sundae Fraise, pittosprum golf ball, 3 euonymus harlequin, cercis canadensis merlot, pittosprum golf ball, hydrangea quercifolia burgundy, hamamelis aphrodite, pittosprum golf ball. The border will be 80 - 90 percent shrubs. I will include loads of bulbs now and a few Perennials next spring. I will add another few shrubs next year as well, definitely want a Nandina Domestica and a few flowering shrubs, maybe a spiraea arguta and a Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’. I also plan to include another couple of taxus and couple of berberis Helmonds pillar.
Thoughts and opinions welcome, photos to follow