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Year round interest in the mixed border for a well drained, windy site.

In the September issue, Alan Titchmarsh showed how planting gave colour and interest all year round. Can anyone suggest a scheme for my well drained borders, in Suffolk, a dry county,exposed to the prevailing wind please. I don't want to screen the garden from the wind as it overlooks adjoining farm land.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,421

    Need more info Pamela - shade, sun? Soil type? Maintenance - how much time do you have? Size of border?

    Loads of suitable shrubs like Eleagnus and Viburnum , Osmanthus, Potentilla etc to start off with.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • The long border is on the east side of the garden, the fence on the south boundary. I want to make another border on the west side and in both borders the aim is to have a succession of colour throughout the seasons.  I would be happy to have a few shrubs about 3ft high, so as not to block the view from the house. My wish is to have a succession of colour throughout the seasons. Any suggestions would be very helpful..  Perennial geraniums, osteospermum, sedums, Michaelmas daisies, dianthus and cistus all do well, but there are many gaps.  Many thanks for your replies.

    East                                                                 West

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  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,414

    What I've done in the past is visit the nursery as near as poss to the beginning of each and every month for a year and choose something I love that's in flower.

    Always good to have an alternative approach.  Bit ad-hoc but ensures you have colour all year.

    Since this is a new bed, I'd position it about a foot or so away from the hedge and keep a clipping lane behind so that you can maintain the hedge.  Also gives you access from the back of the new border which should be fairly deep to be effective.

    Good luck, you have great bones to work with.

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