We think that planning a herbaceous border is one of the most exciting aspects of gardening which is why we offer a full border design, supply and planting
Whether you want to create an explosion of colour over high summer, or a more staggered season of interest from late spring to late autumn it’s a great way to get creative and find out about new plants.
If you’re keen to design a border which really packs a punch, here’s our top pieces of advice to get you started.
Decide on your plot & assess the conditions
Choose a colour scheme
Size and structure
Don’t forget foliage
Decide on your plot
A herbaceous border is a collection of perennials that are closely grouped to create a dramatic, colourful and structural show. Pick a space in your garden where they’ll be on full show and where they can truly shine – both to you as you walk through the garden, and to visitors. Traditionally, herbaceous beds are planted out fro...
It’s incredibly rewarding to grow plants directly from seed. All that’s required is a little knowledge about seed germination and care, and quite a lot of patience. Some plants, such as agapanthus, can take years to reach their first flower, but believe us - it is well worth the wait!
Certain seeds have special requirements for germination and many perennial seeds require a period of moist cold conditions (stratification) before they start to develop. They get this naturally in the wild by lying on the ground and being subject to frost. However, without this period of cold and wet, certain seeds won't germinate at all.
The next two months are the perfect time for stratification if you’re looking to grow from seed. Those that benefit from cold stratification include Aconitum, Actaea, Anenome, Cornus, Cyclamen, Mecanopsis and Primula, amongst others.
All you need to do is sow the seed into some good quality seed compost, water, and place outside in an open cold frame. Alternativel...