Shady, damp border in London

After several wonderful weeks in South Africa (more posts to come on the Botanical Gardens in SA!) I am back in London and tackling the garden which was newly planted this time last year. I left it alone to grow during 2015 and let it die down naturally over the winter – well, that is what I told myself. Never again! I resolve to tidy up in the autumn this year.

The flint wall border
The flint wall border

Some rethinking and replanting is needed for the border along the flint wall, a site which is shady and damp. The plants below are grew well last year, but the grasses (Molinia) are not thriving and have been dug out. I am going to add more anemones (Robustissima) and brunnera (Jack Frost), but I think the borders needs a little more interest.

I am considering persicaria and aquilegias, and perhaps there will be space for a fern or two instead of more bergenias. What do you think?

Shady Border, small

Persicaria bistorta 'Superba'
Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’


  1. Persicaria always good for interest…although bergenias are not my favourite plant, they should do the job! Glad to see you are back and have enjoyed reading your posts from SA Candy!

    • Wow! Thank you! I have been thinking about the border and wondering if I should concentrate the anemones instead – more of the same instead of endless change. I have a bed in the adjacent paving where I could put the persicaria – it depends on how much space I have when I get to planting. As for erythromium – I saw these at Wisley last year and loved them – I had forgotten about them…

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