• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown, day 10: photograph your flower beds

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Garden design involves a lot of photography. Taking pictures of your borders throughout the year will help you design your garden. It provides a record of what is in flower when and gives you a record of the colour schemes throughout the year. It will also stop you planting perennials bang over the top of spring bulbs.

There is a knack to taking photos of beds for garden design purposes. Take several from above, and from several angles so you can see the spaces in between the plants. The first photo on the does not reveal the space behind the chives like the second one.

I will be adding spring bulbs to this border in the autumn, this photograph shows where I might slot them in. I'll photograph it again in the summer, once I've added more perennials. This is my herb border and it is sadly void of spring bulbs other than the few blind Narcissus 'Tete a tete' in the front that need moving! I'll add to the cream and yellow colour scheme with something like the long flowering two tone Narcissus 'Pueblo' and perhaps complementary purple tulips, such as Tulipa 'Negrita'.

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