Herbaceous border on the square

An area of 80 m² at the central axis of the main square in a small town, Stochov, used to be planted twice a year with annuals and ornamental bedding plants. It has became too expansive and unsustainable for the town council, so they started to look for a different solution. The area is very prominent and the town council wanted the flower bed to stay attractive and colourful throughout all the seasons.

At the center of the new herbaceous bed is a ornamental, purple leaved elder (Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace') to provide some structure. In spring the border is lighten up by small yellow and white daffodil cultivars (Narcissus triandrus 'Hawera' a 'Petrel') and later starts flowering a beige iris (Iris 'Edward of Windsor') or pastel pink poppies (Papaver orientale 'Patty’s Plum').

In summer the flower bed is dominated by blue and purple shades from salvias (Salvia 'Caradonna'), catmint (Nepeta × faassenii 'Walker’s Low') or phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'). The pink shades of Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' or Sedum 'Matrona' compliment the colour scheme very well. In autumn takes effect the ornamental grasses (Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontäne') and yellow and gold flowering herbaceous perennials such as Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum' and Helenium 'Wesergold'.