Experience the newest trend!
A cheerful mix of perennials will make any garden look festive. A natural border has both early and later flowering plants in it and from May until the end of summer, these strong plants, in a natural border, will flower abundantly. In other words, you will enjoy lots of colourful flowers in your garden for months on end!
A natural border has a loose, natural look and feel to it, allowing the plants just to grow through each other. This really suits this new trendy look for the garden which is inspired by nature.
In a natural border, all the plants are allowed to just grow through each other very prettily
So festive looking, for so long
A natural border combines a shrewd and smart mix of hardy perennials and bulbs. By selecting plants with a varied flowering period, you can have your garden in flower from at least one or more plants from mid-May right into September! Pink flowers alternated with sunny pale yellows, then beautifully airy violets. Artemisia’s grey-green foliage will help create tranquillity among the flowery splendour that is your garden.
Mix it up with bulbs
Keep some space open in your natural border for planting bulbs and tubers for some added colour and variation in the garden. For instance, you could plant a colourful mix of tulip bulbs for extra wonder in the spring. If you want more colour from June onwards, use summer flowering bulbs and tubers like lilies and dahlias. Scatter the bulbs and tubers in amongst your hardy perennials to keep it natural looking.
For a big or a small border
This colourful mix of plants is just what you need for a large or small border – or even use one of your larger planters. Plant everything in a sunny or partly shaded spot and ensure airy, humus rich soil. All these plants die back and will need the old foliage cut away just above soil level in early spring. You will soon see new shoots appear. Give them all a feed with an organic fertiliser in the spring too. This natural border will then require very little maintenance.
Bellflower and Catnip will flower for a second time in your border if you cut them back immediately after flowering.
You will find the following plants in this border:
Campanula lactiflora 'Prichard's Variety', Phlomis russeliana, Nepeta 'Walker's Low', Artemisia ludoviciana 'Valerie Finnis', Persicaria 'JS Sevenoaks Village', Euphorbia palustris 'Walenburgs Glorie', Aquilegia vulgaris.