This pretty border has a wild-and-free simplicity, featuring woodland and countryside natives, such as foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and common valerian (Valeriana officinalis).
Alliums and nepeta offer some contrasting blue flower forms – balls and spires – underpinned by a frothy haze of yellow lady’s mantle, Alchemilla mollis. This easy-to-grow perennial will happily self-sow and makes a picturesque path edger with its scallop-shaped ruffle of foliage. You could add in a soft pink dog rose for the full country garden effect. Alliums need full sun, the foxgloves part shade and the rest will thrive in sun or part shade.
COMBINE THESE PLANTS
Large purple heads of flowers June-July. Rich, well-drained soil. H1.2m (4ft) S25cm (10in)
Dome-shaped umbels on tall branching stems June-Aug. H1.5m (5ft) S45cm (18in)
Shade-loving woodland flowers June-July, loved by bees. H2m (6½ft) S60cm (2ft)
Frothy haze of lime flowers June-Sept above scalloped foliage. H60cm (2ft) S75cm (30in)
Dwarf catmint with aromatic leaves and lavender-blue spikes June-Sept. H60cm (2ft) S45cm (18in)
Daisy-like flowers June-Sept. Bushy perennial herb good for bees. H60cm (2ft) S30cm (12in)