A new season, and time to plan new borders!
Or maybe just change the perspective and view your garden in a slightly different way. Start by adding structure; different shaped shrubs perhaps such as the crazy Corylus avellana contorta which will twist and turn and look great whether covered in leaves in summer or frost in winter. Give your garden some perspective by drawing the eye towards a tall, narrow plant in the middle or far distance. By a trick of design the garden suddenly changes shape and takes on a different character as if by magic!
A tree such as Taxus baccata fastigiata is a tall narrow specimen which adds a whole new dimension to its surroundings. Evergreen, hardy and elegant this tree will give years of low maintenance pleasure.
Colour, too can make an enormous difference to the structure of eve the most humble plot. Dusky blue shrubs, such as Eucalyptus will lend depth to a narrow garden while the glowing white flowers of Dicentra spectabilis Alba will open up a dark corner ad even glow in the gloom of a summer evening and glossy evergreen Skimmia rubella bursts in to glowing ruby-red flower in winter.
Don’t think, either, that small gardens require small plants. Too many compact shrubs and perennials will only make a garden look cluttered and untidy. A well-placed tree or shrub in the centre of a bed will give the shape you need ready for spring when, surrounded by spring bulbs and perennials everything in the garden will be lovely!