London, United Kingdom
I have a small city paved garden which has a little border at the back, around 4m long and 0.75m wide (see photo). The majority of it catches all day sun but a small section is behind a shed thus quite shadey.
For a long time now I've wanted to create a really nice and interesting border but really just don't know where to begin. I've just spent a few days looking on various websites trying to work out what to get. I'm not really into flowers, rather coloured foliage of different heights and sizes. At the same time I realise my border isn't very deep so layering could be difficult.
The following have caught my eye so far:-
Blue Oat Grass
Wingled Spindle Tree (compact variety)
Hosta Gold Standard
Emerald Gaiety (would this be easy to cut back so that it keeps within my available space?)
Leather Leaf Sedge
Flaming Silver Lily of the Valley Shrub
Japanese Tassle Fern
Carex Comans Frosted Curls Sedge Grasses
I suppose my thoughts are that I could have 3 bigger shrubs surrounded by smaller, lower level plants. Ideally I'd like as much evergreen as possible.
Perhaps some of the more experiences gardeners out there would let me have their thoughts on my selection - am I looking at too many plants for the space available, will they not work well together etc etc.
Many thanks in advance,
- 27 Jun, 2010
urban / city garden ideas