We invited people to the nursery on Sunday 10th May 2015 to learn about designing borders using Mediterranean plants. 55 people came along on a very hot day to do a tour of the Mediterranean display beds in the nursery’s garden and listen to a talk about our 3 basic designs which you’ll see below. We placed out the 3 designs on the ground, using the plants in their pots, and talked through the plants and why we’d chosen them for their different heights, forms, textures and colours; how to space them differently for instant or longer term effect; and adding additional interest.
All the drawings are by Imogen!
Some of the participants asked us to type up a summary of the design talk:
The ‘Low Growing Border’ is a ‘tapis vert’ or ‘couvre sol’ in French, i.e. a carpet of plants or a ground cover. It is a mixture of silver and green foliage using Origanum, Teucrium, Centaurea, Thymus, Artemesia and Achillea species which can knit together. Alternatively, planted further apart with gravel as a mulch, it would show the plants’ individual forms. Flowers provide purple, pink and white. For additional interest, this border can be interplanted with bulbs, smaller grasses and flowering perennials.
The ‘Medium to Large Border’ is an evergreen border for year-round structure. It’s a mixture of larger shrubs Cistus and Phlomis – spaced at least 1m apart, with the smaller Lavenders, Santolinas, Salvias, Hyssops and Helichrysum – mostly planted in 3s and spaced up to 75cm apart. The colour scheme is a base of green and grey with purple, pink, white and pale yellow flowering from Spring to late Autumn. For additional interest, add taller bulbs and flowering perennials.
The ‘Mixed Border’ is full of contrast and interest in height, texture, colour and form. It has a base of evergreen structure with extra blues, silvers, globe-shaped flowers and floating grasses. For additional interest and a longer flowering period, add bulbs and flowering perennials, or for a softer look, add different species of grasses throughout the border.