Even in early summer before the plants in this border flower the contrasting foliage texture create a lot of interest. The strappy leaves of Phormium cookianum (New Zealand Flax) and Dierama pulcherimum (angel’s fishing rods) contrast with the holly-like foliage of Desfontainia spinosa and the large leaves of Impatiens tinctoria.
Impatiens tinctoria. Image courtesy of Amber Crowley.
Tender plants can be placed in the borders in their pots for the summer and then taken into a tunnel or greenhouse for protection in the winter. This Brugmansia suaveolens grows well in a pot and can be pruned to keep it small enough to easily handle.
Image courtesy of Amber Crowley.
The soil in this border is well drained but it is mulched every autumn with 10cm of garden compost to keep the nutrient levels high to aid the rapid growth of large perennials such as Impatiens tinctoria and Lobelia tupa (devil’s tobacco).
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