There’s nothing quite like the sight of a flower border at the height of its full floral flush to make the heart flutter and delight the senses. So I wanted to share some of my top plants for the back of the border.
There are a few guiding principles to follow when choosing plants for a border that backs on to a fence, wall or hedge, the most obvious being to check whether the border is in full sun or shade for most of the day and to choose plants that grow well in the appropriate conditions.
Another is to arrange plants in order of height with the shortest at the front and tallest at the back so that each plant can be seen and to avoid some plants being obscured or covered. As most of our gardens don’t have the luxury of being able to have massively wide borders the ultimate width of a plant is important to think about as well as its height as too wide will not only outcompete and cast shade on other plants, but also mean far fewer plants in the border.
When considering those back of border plants think about whether you want the border to have some permanent interest and if so then all or some of those plants should be evergreen.