Spring Borders

Spring border with Geum rivale, Geranium 'Sirak', Paeonia lactiflora 'Double White' and Centaurea hypoleuca 'John Coutts' - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Gardens

Spring border with Geum rivale, Geranium ‘Sirak’, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Double White’ and Centaurea hypoleuca ‘John Coutts’ – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Gardens

A spring border is the perfect celebration of the new growing season, banishing the dull days of winter. The fresh new foliage of herbaceous plants such as geums, peonies and perennial geraniums is the glowing backdrop for an airy display of tall-stemmed blooms. Here an array of tulips and alliums in a mixture of pastel shades has been used to great effect. The palest pink tulips in a shade of cherry blossom have been contrasted with dramatic deep purple varieties of the exact same height. Further layers of interest are provided by bold alliums in three different shades of lilac and mauve. The blooms are held high above the vibrant green and gold foliage, and the whole scheme is held together with dramatic burgundy foliage of plants that cleverly appear to be scattered at random across the border. Dramatic blooms in shades of violet and purple are the perfect accompaniment to the pale bark of a small tree that is late to come into leaf, and a simple teak bench that has weathered to a subtle shade of silvery grey. What better place to sit and enjoy the gentle sunshine on a early spring day?