Tips for sprucing up beds and borders


Richard Jackson in the gardenHello! We're in mid-summer now and what with all the BBQs and garden parties, you want friends and family to see your garden at its beautiful best!

A great way to brighten up your garden is with vibrant and structured beds and borders. Follow my handy tips for sprucing them up:

Replace old plants: Bite the bullet and get rid of any plants past their best.

Neaten up borders: Cut back plants that have overgrown their space. Now is a safe time to cut back most plants because, with a bit of watering, they'll grow back very quickly.

Add colour: It's amazing how much better borders will look with some carefully chosen vibrant plants. You can use pots and bedding plants.

Planting in the QVC Garden at the Chelsea Flower ShowBuying new plants: Choose plants that will give you some impact during winter. Plants may look dramatic in the garden centre, but keep in mind how these plants will look at other times of the year.

My recommendation: Evergreen plants such as the wall flower are fantastic. These plants flower eight months of the year, have great colour and structure, and are a fantastic performer for a sunny spot.

Tip: It's crucial that you regularly water any new plants to establish them.

Hope this advice has been useful,



  1. mandy berry March 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    hi Ridhard, how many Diascias should i plant in a 12″ container.

  2. Mrs H.E.Doolan May 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Can you please help? My husband received (from Jersey Plants) a parcel of 70 plants with the name of Gumphrea!!! Unfortunately, nothing can be found on the web about them. We didn’t order them and we can find absolutely nothing – not even on the RHS website that even lists them. Have you heard of this plant? Can you tell us anything about it – colour – type of flower or leaf. Any information would be VERY useful and MUCH appreciated. Elinor X

  3. Bob Elliott May 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard.
    Please can you advise on type of hardy perennials that could go in my borders to brighten up the pathway.The pathway only gets the morning sun.
    Thank you.
    Kind Regards.

  4. Rachel Lyne June 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I have beautiful Iris’s in my garden that finished flowering a few weeks ago. This is the first year that they’ve flowered having been planted in September 2007. What should I do with them now?

  5. JANE HARDY March 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    My tulips (40 purple collection )bought last year only a few flowers came up so waited for this year but all I have is lots of foliage, thats all, is it worth digging the bulbs up?

  6. Lorna Sharp May 12, 2010 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    We have a small south facing back garden with a tall fence at the bottom. I would like to grow some climbing plants up the fence but am unsure what would grow there. I already have clematis and climbing fuschias but they aren’t doing very well. Can you suggest anything else. Thanks

  7. Joe Robison March 24, 2011 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Last year my garden was full of fox-gloves they were lovely and I was the envy of my neighbours,but up to now I can,t see any sign of any, is it too soon as I have dug down where they were and I’m afraid nothing,
    as I know absolutly nothing about gardening I could do with your advice,
    Thank You,
    Joe Robison.

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