Borders are usually arranged with tall plants at the back and shorter plants towards the front. If you want to see all your plants that makes sense. Shrubby plants often create a solid mass of foliage as they grow which acts as a good screen or windbreak behind other plants. But sometimes it’s more interesting to have taller plants at the front…
At this time of year many light and airy grasses and other whispy delicate plants are at their best. Garden designers often refer to these as See Through Plants. Two of my favourites for growing right in front of other plants are Verbena and Teasels. (Verbena bonariensis and Dipsacus fullonum) They both grow to about 1.5 to 1.8 metres tall (5 – 6 feet) yet their fine stems are widely spaced and their leaves are small and sparse. It’s easy to see other plants through them and in fact the contrast in colour and texture adds to the design of any border.
Both of these plants are brilliant for wildlife. They have hundreds of tiny lilac nectar rich flowers which bees, hoverflies and butterflies love. They provide hiding places for tiny insects to shelter in and Teasels produce millions of seeds for hungry birds in winter.
Hope you have a lovely day. Gillian 😉