Overview of the Daisy Border

I featured the flowers in the Daisy Border  in my GBBD post earlier this week and Christina asked when I would show a long shot of the border.  So here it is.  The biggest problem is that it never seems to matter when I try to photograph the border I get some sort of glare from the sun so this is the best it gets.

As you  can see it isn’t a long border – little more than 9ft but it is quite deep and very slopping.  I struggled with how to plant on such a steep slope for a while but now I go for tall late summer perennials and use the slope to  show them and exaggerate their height. When I planted the border two years ago the idea was soft pastels instead of the bright vibrant colours usually seen at this time of year.  Believe it or not there are some purples in the border but the rudbeckia and helianthus have overwhelmed them and editing is required.

The right hand side hasn’t worked at all.  There are a lot of Phlomis  russeliana in here and they just aren’t performing enough to warrant their place in such a small space. They are all leaf and the flowers just aren’t good enough so they are coming out.  There is a Berberis which grows through from under the fence and I let it grow  to hide the fence.  I will also be adding some more climbers to hide the fence.  I think more Asters and some Japanese Anemones is the way forward here.  The white Anemones will lift  the corner.

The other end of the border – all quite  leafy but not much colour.  Again there is an Aster in there somewhere.  I think it is being swamped by an Achillea grandiflora which finished flowering months ago so maybe that needs to be moved somewhere to allow for more late summer colour.  Again I am thinking of adding some Japanese Anemones at this end to lift what is quite a shady area and also to tie in with the other Anemones and bring it all together – possibly, maybe!

There is a path which runs along the back off the  Daisy border and you can see the row of Calamagrostis overdam which are really  beginning to fill out now.  There are a few Verbena bonariensis amongst them but I will be adding more to give a real purple zing.  I love the grasses, the way they sway in the wind and the way they are backlit by the sun.  Perching on the end of the bed you can just see on the left of the photo is one of my favourite places to rest.  I am hoping  my son might put some sort of seat in here for me. 

The view from my secret perch.

So that  more purples and pinks, less yellow, add some white Japanese Anemones and a bit of thinning and hopefully next year it will look wonderful.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

13 thoughts on “Overview of the Daisy Border”

  1. It looks pretty good now, but I like the idea of the Japanese Anemones, maybe at the front for some ground cover you could add some Erigeron, they grow easily from seed. Thanks for show the whole border, it really helps make sense of your oter post. Christina

  2. I am a great fan of japanese anemones, they are always worth a place in a garden I think, though do need keeping an eye on as they can be a bit thuggy. I have just had to thin back my helianthus Lemon Queen as it was taking over everything, but it is such a great plant I have kept a good clump of it. Your border is looking great.

  3. Hi Helen – I also think Japanese Anemones (white) would be good in this area, really lighten up. Here in Auckland NZ are late summer flowering and quite invasive. I much prefer the white, really livens up a shady site. I have a patch that keeps getting bigger, have to pull lots out – no sun in winter, dry and late afternoon sun in summer and very dry. The yellows look good. Yea – I have my first sweet pea out, pale pink and first St Swithens and Sally Holmes roses. Duchess de Brabant has been flowering for a couple of weeks (the first of 4/5 flowerings, old fashioned, lovely scent.) St Swithens usually has 100 flowers on and 200 buds so hope flowers well for me this spring as may be my last in this garden – boo hoo – too big to move!

  4. It’s looking good – even without many flowers – or a surfeit of yellow ones – the different textures and colours of foliage are striking here. I’ve really enjoyed our Japanese anemones this year, and white ones like H. Jobert or White Swan are stunning plants, a great idea for your shadier end. Those grasses are looking beautiful.

  5. It must be nice to look out of the house and see the garden on the slope along the back. Your path at the back of the bed is great for maintenance, and the view through the grasses back to the house is a nice place to contemplate the garden. I like your idea of adding a bit more purple and pink, as well as the white Japanese anemones. Some white in any shadowy areas really lights them up.

  6. It does look lovely. You can’t go wrong with Japanese Anemones, especially Honorine Jobert. Would you consider some wild bergamot to add some lavender color? They can stand up to the Rudbeckias and Helianthus. Also for more white there is an annual Helianthus called Italian White that grows about 6′ and has creamy white flowers.

  7. Good to have this detailed breakdown of the daisy border, Helen – and interesting to read the dimensions of it as it looks longer than it is in the photographs. This is a good opportunity to bat ideas back and forth between bloggers, and helps us look at things in a different way.

  8. Lovely and very interesting border Helen. I particularly love those gorgeous grasses – I can imagine them interspersed with loads and loads of Verbena bonariensis. And, you’re so right to think about some Japanese Anemones, (especially Honorine Jobert) – always brightens up a shady corner beautifully.

  9. Helen I do love the look but know how borders can become overrun and need thinning…I am dealing with non stop rudbeckias. I had some very steep slopes all over my old gardens and built terraces going down. It worked and really allowed me to keep better control of the plants and the slope from washing away. There were these interlocking type of stones that I bought at the local box store that allowed me to easily build the walls at different levels. Just a thought. Oh and I also made different lengths of walls too…it was fun building them. Now this garden is quite flat in most spots and has its own problems of flooding.

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