Back at the start of the summer we had a six metre deep, 48 metre long flowerbed dug out of our formal garden. We then added a border of flexible metal to the edge to keep the plants in (I was filling gaps with lemon balm and lemon verbena, both of which have become seriously enormous!)
I’ve been growing edibles for years and whilst I won’t be giving Bob Flowerdew a run for his money any time soon, I do know the basics I think. But flowers leave me cold. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love them. I love the balance and scent of a well planned flowerbed and there’s nowhere I’d rather be at any time than a beautiful garden. NGS days have become my new addiction. But to call me a beginner when it comes to flowers would be generous. When we first carved out the bed I went scurrying off to RHS Wisley to fill them and so ended up with some lovely plants that appear to be doing relatively well, but I didn’t really think it through. I’m going to try to make a plan to fill in the gaps that involves some taller herbaceous perennials and that ensures we have flowers for as much of the year as possible. I want to aim for some repeating patterns too as it’s a really long bed and I think it looks a bit haphazard at the moment. But I’m really pleased that it’s starting to fill out, however slowly!