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Wish List – Hot Border & Banana Bench

By Alip @alisonpikeGD

I’ve recently been creating a Hot border at one of the gardens where I work. It’s been a real success, everything has settled and grown really well and the results, even after a couple of months, have been wonderful.

Wish List – Hot Border & Banana Bench

This is a picture taken early on whilst I was doing a spot of deadheading.

The plants used include - Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’, Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldstrum’, Papaver orientale ‘Goliath’, Papaver orientale ‘Beauty Queen’, Lychnis chalcedonica, Geum ‘Lady Stratheden’, Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora‘Emily McKenzie’ and Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff”.  They all provide tremendous vibrancy in late summer and into autumn as long as you make sure you keep deadheading.

It’s inspired me to have a hot border of my own. I know the exact spot where it will be and the plants will surround a bench that will be the focal point of the border. It’s a sunny spot and the bench will be baked by the evening sun.  I’ve rather fallen in love with a bench that I know would be perfect – Banana Bench from Hayes Garden World, it’s got lovely smooth flowing lines and would be a cosy perch for two. I’d best get saving!  I can already picture myself glass in hand on a summers evening next year!


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