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Hope this is the right place, I wasn't quite sure where would be best! I am looking to create a double layered border and I am looking for tall plants to go at the back. What are your favourites that you would turn to, to place there?


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,824

    Good choice from Verdun as always. I would add tall Michaelmas daisies for late season colour, especially aster novae-angliae which are more resistant to mildew and phlox paniculata which flower in high summer.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,962

    All these are good suggestions. I would try to mix stuff that have different times when they are at their best. It is easy to get a border where everything is in flower at once, and then there is nothing.

    Flowering times are easy to look up.

    Good luck, planning a border is one of the great pleasures of gardening.

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

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Fennel, especially the purple type and cardoons.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,863

    I'd include all of the above but I'd also add some tall dahlias to give a long lasting flower season right up until the first frosts.

    Posy, I gave up on fennel, in my last garden it became a nuisance self seeding everywhere and the tap root was a s*d to get out if you left them too late.

  • Many thanks all image

    I am on a phone so am struggling to see the posts properly to give a proper reply. I have pen and paper next to me writing ideas down!

    I found myself inundated already and was struggling to decide.

    The garden is a fairly blank canvas and I have planned what layout i would like but am now struggling with actual decisions.

    I am thinking approx 5 for high - looking for variety in flowering times. Wasn't sure whether to "just" go for bushes at the back (better for wildlife?) and then in front have a variety of annuals. I love foxgloves and have previously filled a bed with a host of varieties but think perhaps something with more density.

    I have a long list to consider still - although i really am not a fan of grasses.

    Maybe i am best "just" going for evergreens... So many choices! Hence asking for people's favourites image
  • Ach verdun have looked at the first ten you suggested and I love them all! I need to get on the computer at some point to look at all of these properly - but it has given me inspiration although still not close to a final decision, it has moved me on a step image
  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    How deep is the border ?  This would help decide what to plant too ?

  • Cheers again image I've actually got a beautiful golden buddleia which I haven't decided where to put.

    The size of the border? Weirdly enough I was going to decide on that based on the plants I went for... Or is that a ridiculous way round to look at it?
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