Successful Garden Design Tips 12 – Creating colourful borders

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The West Dean gardens near Chichester in the UK

This week Rachel looks at how they create such amazingly colourful herbaceous borders for different times of year…

Photos of the West Dean herbaceous borders in August

The West Dean herbaceous borders do a great job of providing summer colour with the use of repeat planting of key plants like the tall yellow Kniphofia and soft blue Perovskia.

The blue/ purple Aster flowers also play a big part of colour scheme and provide a different shape flower against the yellow Kniphofias.

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About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden – without needing to spend a fortune!


  1. Massimo D'Alessandro says:

    Thank you Rachel, your tips are always very useful. Keep them coming! M

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