Herbaceous perennials Ireland

Sanguisorba Tanna flowers

So, your perennial border is prepared with the requisite quantities of plant food soil and drainage grit if required. What's next?
Once you have gotten this far in the process, it is time to think about actually selecting the plants that will populate the bed or border itself.
My first piece of advice to gardeners selecting perennial plants is to let your mind "drift". Groupings of plants that weave and interlock with other groupings of plants within the same bed are known as "drifts". One cluster of plants begins where another cluster ends and the groups have a flowing effect as they grow to bloom. The shapes that these drifts create should be irregular, weaving through your perennial border and wrapping around other plants. Planting in drifts creates a sense of movement, which in turn will make your garden look alive, full and lush.

Select plants with interesting and contrasting textures. Plant fine leaved perennials with bold leaved specimens. Also, select different flower forms and shapes, select from tubular, loose, flat, round, pendulous spiked etc. Do not be afraid to include some non-perennials as well. Plants like Phormium, Cordyline, ornamental conifers and grasses all add structure and body to the perennial border.
When selecting colours be guided by the following...
Drifts of light or pastel coloured flowers tend to fade into the background, so the quantities of these colours should be larger than the drifts of vivid colours. If you find yourself having colour clashes (red / pink), try creating buffers between these colours with massed plantings of ornamental grasses or plain green leaved plants.

Nonsequitur alert re: shade

2004-03-05 18:31:17 by you_bastard

Druse, Ken: The Natural Shade Garden;
Eighty Great Natural Shade Garden Plants
Schultz, Warren: For Your Garden : Shade Gardens; Shade Gardens;For Your Garden: Shade Gardens
Cramer, Harriet L.
* Garden in the Shade
* Great Gardens in the Shade
Morse, H.K.
* GARDENING IN THE SHADE Planting the Shaded Garden with Shrubs and Herbaceous Perennials
* Gardening in the Shade: planting the shaded garden with shrubs and herbaceous perennials. 1939. dj HC
Brown, George E.
* Shade Plants for Garden and Woodland
Chatto, Beth
* Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden: Shade-Loving Plants for Year-Round Interest
* Woodland Garden
* The Sheltered Garden
Burrell, C. Colston

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