Keeping the colour coming

Amateur Gardening|July 04, 2020

Keeping the colour coming
Ruth’s tips and plantings for year-round garden interest
Ruth

ACHIEVING year-round interest in the garden is the holy grail of horticulture, and while most people think that winter brings the drabbest days, this point of the summer can also create a ‘colour gap’.

The spring colours are fading and we are still a week or two away from summer's boisterous riot of colour. So, what can we do?

An immediate solution is to plant a container of ready-flowering plants or pop a few bedding annuals into your borders, but such a piecemeal way of gardening isn’t ideal.

The most sensible option is to design your garden as a whole rather than area by area, so you get a seamless run of colour and interest.

Focus on the gaps in the borders, see what is growing around them and plan plants according to their height (shortest at the front, tallest at the back/centre) and flowering period.

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July 04, 2020