I had a lovely border by the house at a previous house but there was a path at the back, between the border and the house. New owners have since grassed it over
Oops - I didn't know that you are not supposed to have borders against house walls! I have one along the front of the house from which, at one end, I have my rosa banksiae growing up the walls. But my soil is very sandy and dry so perhaps it's all right. House has been standing for 170 years.