Planting a border

Whether you are planning a very small border or something much more elaborate, think carefully about the color, eventual height, and spread of your plants. Consider also their suitability for the aspect and soil type: sun or shade, damp or dry, acidic or alkaline, sand or clay.
If you want to create a herbaceous border, you will need to work out the positions of the plants and their likely spread, as well as their eventual height. You need to think in terms of planting in groups, not single plants. Most experienced designers plant in groups of odd numbers—three, five or seven— which give a relaxed. I lowing feeling to the plants. You will be much better oil opting for larger groups of fewer plants than a scheme that is too busy. Inserting the occasional key plant into this grouped border will give the whole scheme greater impact. A neatly clipped boxwood pyramid might be sited in the center of a border, or perhaps at one end to make a punctuation point where the border joins the rest of the garden design. Two or three flowering standards could be planted to give additional height to the border.
In a traditional backed border, the tallest plants go at the back and then grade down in side to the front of the border, so that they can be seen properly when in bloom. Unfortunately, although reference books offer information on height and spread, these arc
only approximate, as each plant performs differently in particular conditions. For example, if the plant in question likes moist, warm conditions and you plant it in dry shade, it will either fail to thrive at all or grow to a fraction of its anticipated height. The plant next to it, which happens to like the conditions, will perform according to specifications, and your carefully planned border will fail to materialize as intended.
Even the best gardeners make mistakes, and one of the tricks of gardening experts is to move those plants that fail to flourish to a place where they do. If a plant is not putting on the expected growth over a couple of seasons, then try it in a site that is markedly different from the one you originally planted it in.
When planting a small border, it makes sense to lay the plants out in their intended positions before planting them permanently. You may well find elements in your plan that do not work as well in reality—for example, the foliage colors may not look good together—so be prepared to make some changes.

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4 Responses to Planting a border

  1. James Mann says:

    We have so far to go with our garden. We purchased our home and didn’t have any idea of what was really in the yard as the previous owners decided to just mow everything down, so it wasn’t until the follow spring that we started to see all the flowers we have.This year were are spending our time removing a lot of plants, shrubs and trees that really make the place look cluttered. We feel the cleaning out will make our yard more appealing.Once we have all the old stuff we don’t care for out of the way we can see what planning will do for our yard.These are exciting times for myself and my wife as we are new to gardening.

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