The lime-yellow and purple border


Garden before and after The lime-yellow-purple bed

With planting plan and care instructions

Refreshing lime yellow interspersed with indigo blue and purple flowers and blue-gray foliage add tension to this curved border. But that was not always so.


This is what the border looked like before:

More precisely, there was no border at all, just lawn and some not so very happy thujas, and  some lively weeds.

The side border is right in front of the fence on the property line with our neighbors. We wanted a privacy screen made of natural material and decided on three of these hazelnut fence elements. The fence fields measure 1.80 meters in height and width, so the bed is about six meters long and about two meters wide.


This is what the same perspective looks like today: In front of the privacy fence are roses and a perennial bed in which something is always in bloom.

In the early summer, when the little lady's mantle, the low catnip (Odeur citron) and the early blue sage Maynight bloom with the purple perennial sage Caradonna, I like the bed best.

The large perennials in the background are then still small and the bed looks very youthful and fresh.

From June the yellow roses will also bloom,

It blooms so abundantly that you are welcome to pick bouquets!

If you want to be inspired: Here is the planting plan

The bed is divided into three zones: In the front there are three purple blue pillows with three catnips planted behind them, alternating with three yellow lady's mantles. In the middle zone are the yellow roses, underplanted by two ribbons with the blue sage Mainacht and the purple ointment Caradonna. The tall, lime-yellow, evergreen Mediterranean wolf's milk appears three times as the leading shrub, while high shrubs in yellow and purple and climbing plants stand at the back.

Front zone

1.Blue cushion Hamburger Stadpark: flowers April to June, long-lasting, evergreen, cut back after flowering, needs calcareous soil, avoid waterlogging (work sand into the planting hole), likes poor soil (do not fertilize)

2. Little lady's mantle flowers greenish-yellow from June to August, cut back after flowering, beautiful foliage

3. Catnip "Odeur Citron" stays smaller, flowers April to June, is then cut back and flowers again in September and October

Middle zone


4. Sage Caradonna is a purple steppe sage with purple stems, becomes 60 cm high, flowers in June and July, then cut back above the ground, then flowers again in August, September and October, cut back at the end of February. Work some sand into the planting hole, little fertilizer.

5. Sage May Night blooms in a beautiful indigo blue early on. Flowering May-June and September. Otherwise care like the sage Caradonna.

6. Mediterranean Spurge, evergreen plant with great blue-green foliage, blooms from March to June. Cut off dead shoots close to the ground after flowering. Work with gloves that "bite" wolf milk (they contain substances that are irritating to the skin).


Rose care: Cut back all roses in spring, provide them with a long-term organic fertilizer and remove any that has faded

7. Shrub rose Sterntaler: Rose becomes 130 cm high, 12 cm large, double flowers in delicate yellow, which shine like stars in the twilight, bloom several times, in spring cut back the upper third and frozen shoots

8. Rose Solero: Lemon yellow small shrub rose, becomes approx. 60 cm high, beautiful double flowers approx. 7 cm tall. Cut back to about 30 cm in spring.

9. English Austin Rose "Golden Celebration as a cascade trunk 140 cm with beautiful golden yellow, double flowers

10 Hybrid tea rose Limona, becomes approx. 100 cm high, beautiful noble light yellow flowers, cut back to approx. 30 cm in spring,

11. Golden Gate climbing rose, see rear zone

12. Hybrid tea rose Sunny Sky as a standard 90 cm, golden yellow double-blooming, vigorously growing rose with large, elegantly shaped, great-smelling flowers. In November, cut back the shoots of the high stem to about 15 cm and wrap the crown in fleece. Remove fleece in March and. Shorten shoots to 8-10 cm.

13. Inka floribunda rose with large, sun-yellow, double flowers, is approx. 70 cm high

Rear zone

11. Golden Gate climbing rose, climbs up the hazelnut wattle fence, lemon yellow, bee-friendly, slightly double flowers, fantastic scent, grows to a height of 2.5 meters

14 Tall aster from grandma's garden with delicate blue-purple flowers, probably Aster Novi belgii "permanent blue", flowers September to November, becomes 140 cm high, cut close to the ground in February

15 Tall aster from grandma's garden with purple flowers will be the aster novae-angilae "Violetta". Raublattaster, 140 cm high, flowers in August and September, cut close to the ground in February

16. Perennial sunflower Helianthus atrorubens, becomes 180 cm high, pretty flowers, cut back after flowering is otherwise very strong, blooms from August to September

17. Sun hat Rudbeckia nitida "Autumn sun" is also called parachute sun hat, pretty yellow-green flowers, blooms in my home from August to the beginning of November, also looks nice in winter, so do not cut back until February.

Coneflower Rudbeckia nitida "Herbstsonne", an insect magnet, is two meters high and stands in the background of the bed.

Bulb flowers between the perennials:

In autumn I put a lot of onion flowers between the perennials for spring: net iris and yellow crocuses, wild yellow tulips, daffodils, and two types of tulips in different shades of yellow, three yellow imperial crowns and I'm happy to see how it looks in early spring.

Here are some more pictures

These are the beautiful flowers of the Inca rose with asters.

The large-flowered purple clematis "The President" climbs on the hazelnut fence and blooms from June to September.

I also love the Mediterranean wolf's milk with its lime yellow flowers. It is evergreen and has great bluish-gray foliage.

The bed in autumn

Rose Sterntaler with its star-shaped, light yellow flowers

In winter we hang ice art works on the hazelnut fence.

Do you like the bed? Which plants would also fit into this color scheme? Who else has good care tips?

I look forward to your feedback

Your Marion