Here is an example of a border design with accompanying email description
The first thing I noticed in your garden was a beautiful ceanothus, also during our meeting, to me the main points coming across were your desire for continuity and for it to look 'right' also you wanted a calming garden. For you I felt this ceanothus was a great reference point in terms of shape and colour, and a reflection of your personality.
With this in mind I have arranged a planting scheme which reflects these salient points. I have chosen mostly soft shapes with 'fuzzy' shaped flowers in mostly soft blues and slight purplish blues with flashes of soft pink, and white with a very limited number of spikey shapes. This very small use of sharp shapes rather than excite will help to bring out the softness in everything else. The only way for shapes to be soft is for them to have relationship with less sharp things. As not 'everything can be up'. The same with the flashes of soft pinks and whites that come and go throughout the year (and keeping colour and interest throughout winter with both foliage and flowers) to create a soft colour scheme that does have movement which serves to add interest and counterpoint to the main theme of 'fuzzy shapes' and shades of blue.
The planting scheme is made up of mostly very reliable and common shrubs and perennials, but juxtaposed with the odd unusual plant which will disguise their 'ordinaryness' in the border. Choosing a limited number of plants but numerous colours of the same plant, and planted in curves and intermingling lines to create the effect of one plant changing colour. I am really happy with this border and hope you are as well. The strength is not so much in the plant list but in the juxtaposition of these elements to create something truly fitting for what is already a beautiful garden.
These are the plants I have chosen for the long border.
penstemon 'Jessica mai', 'Westminster belle' 'strawberries and cream' salvia nemorosa 'blue', 'rose', and 'day glow' acanthus spinosis digitalis purpurea hebe 'blue saphire' cardoon lillium 'elodie' Japanese anenomie 'pale pink' creeping tyme perennial cornflower lithodora
Existing plants helebore perennial geranium forget me not
As for the corner, I will be planting in-between the existing plants and moving plants where needed.
plants that I will add to the corner border, crambe cordifolia (a stunning plant, imagine a very large gypsofila that grows up to 2m tall) veronicastrum 'cupid', 'fascination' aster amelle 'king george' campanula puctata 'wedding bells', 'sarastro' campanula glometara 'alba', superba campanula glometara 'superba' dahlia, various including, 'painted girl', 'painted lady' lithodora