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Plants for new border

I have quite a big new border at the rear and side of my garden (I will try and post pics tomorrow) And I could do with some help, but please keep it simple (note my name!).

I've been browsing past GW mags trying to decide what plants to put in and have also had a few threads already which have given me some idea and we are definitely having a trip to the local GC at weekend.

So far I have on my list - roses (lots of!), Hellebores, I would really like a peony and begonias.  I need some winter colour so looking at something evergreen with red/coloured leaves or berries.

I have lots of annual seeds to sow to fill it with colour to year but any more ideas for perennials / ever greens would be much appreciated.

Thank you in advance image

PS I have 2 Beagles that like to 'mooch' in the garden so need to be careful with poisonous plants they may eat!

PPS I haven't tested the soil yet so not sure of the Ph but think it is probably more alkali judging by other plants in the area and also the fact the my azalea is doing nothing!!




  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I also now have euphorbia, sarcococca, anemone and viburnum image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I am going to do a test tomorrow and post some pics Verdun.  Just found a very good article on here and found the above suggestions. Off to bed now so will post some more tomorrow.  Thank you.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,155

    Have a look at Nandina Domestica, it gets red leaves and has red berries if the summer is warm.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,155
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,629

    Tracey, dont forget some grasses. I really like Panicum virgatum, it goes red in autumn. Also how about Miscanthus sinesis Morning light or Malepartus. These are real feature plants.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    That looks lovely, thanks lizzie and good idea PD, I had forgotten about some grass (sorry).  I will be back on later and doing some more research.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800




    These are pictures if my borders, it looks a bit bleak at the moment and I can't walk on the grass to do too much!!! They are about 3" wide.

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    What are the hedging bushes behind them?  I'm not an expert, but I think some evergreens can alter the pH in the soil, and some can be very hungry/thirsty, so that they don't leave much for other plants.  It might help other more experienced persons than me to give some advice.  Also, what direction are you pointing the camera in?  ie. thinking about how much light, and what time of day the light would come.

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