All gardeners want to create exciting borders in terms of color, form, or texture. However, pairing plants in a beautiful or dramatic fashion is not always easy. How best to pair perennials or shrubs? What blooms with what and when? What plants to pick for a shady border, dry or wet soils, hot summer or cool winter gardens?
Our goal is to guide you all along the process and provide you with winning design ideas. We collect stunning pictures of gardens created by talented professionals and provide you with all the information you need to easily re-create them at home. We include a list of plants used, quantities needed, and the list of nurseries where to find them.
A beautiful combination of ornamental grasses and perennials turn this path into a welcoming walkway. The flowing foliage of Fountain Grasses and Feather Grasses helps soften the abrupt transition between the paving and the plantings. They are paired with soft colored perennials and wave a lovely tapestry that will gracefully sway in the breeze from mid summer to fall.
Get creative and cheer up your mid-late spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing golden yellow tulips adorned with fiery scarlet edges, make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!
Low maintenance and fairly easy to replicate, this planting includes top performing plants which have been awarded prestigious awards. Enjoy a glorious and colorful spectacle from winter to even spring!
Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life!
A Fragrant Spring Border with Tulip 'Heart's Delight', Muscari Latifolium, Hyacinths 'Woodstock' & 'Splendid Cornelia'
A fabulous flower carpet in early - mid spring!
Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. In this sunny border, the striking and architectural, ball-shaped, violet-lilac blossoms of Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' (Ornamental Onion) look fantastic popping up through the lower-growing, pink Persicaria bistorta 'Superba' (Bistort). A wonderful pairing which is also rich in benefits.
Create long-lasting, pleasing contrasts in your garden. Combine the showy, bright greenish-yellow flowers of Euphorbia palustris (Marsh Spurge) with the attractive, burnt orange flowers and red-tinged leaves of Euphorbia griffithii 'Fern Cottage' (Spurge). Fairly easy to re-create, deer and rabbit resistant and low maintenance!
Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.
The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.
Awash with colors and shapes from mid summer to fall, this naturalistic planting is really fascinating. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer or rabbit resistant and are recipient of prestigious awards.
This lovely contemporary garden, rich in texture and interest, features a dining terrace with a cedar patio table cantilevered over an area richly planted with drifts of Verbena, Nepeta, Agastache and Lavandula. All of this delicately veiled by Deschampsia cespitosa.
Brighten a moist and shady area of your garden! Most plants are low maintenance, trouble-free and ignored by deer and rabbits!
This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home.
Low care, Hellebores and Cyclamen are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter.
Get creative and cheer up your mid spring garden! Cobalt blue muscari and glowing apricot tulips make a bold impression together. Fairly easy to replicate, even for the beginner gardener!
Create spectacular spring borders like this one. Underplant the spectacular Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' (Smokebush) with the glowing blossoms of Tulip 'Orange Emperor' for a magnificent display in early to mid spring.
This pretty and low-care perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of two vigorous perennials which will add drama in your garden from mid to late summer.
A very interesting border idea for sunny dry spots of the landscape. Easy to grow and low maintenance, all plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant and virtually pest and disease free. Enjoy!
A very interesting border idea for sunny spots of the landscape. Easy to grow and low maintenance, all plants are drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant and virtually pest and disease free. Enjoy!
Summer might be over but the gardening season is not as evidenced by this beautiful late-summer garden which marries small and medium-sized plants with great fall colors. You can easily replicate it in your own garden.
Very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and birds, this interesting planting combination reveals its splendor, season after season.
Valued primarily for their fall colors, Asters bear a profusion of attractive star-shaped flowers for weeks that cheerfully enliven the late season garden. Available in a wide array of heights, they are useful in the back, middle or front sections of the border.
This soft informal border is composed of low-growing perennials which will introduce romance in your landscape from early summer until fall. Perfect for small gardens or container planting, this pleasing combination will feed many butterflies but will be ignored by hungry deer.
Rich in texture and interest, this fragrant garden border features a fresh color palette of blues and purples with the intent of cooling and calming down an outdoor area overheated after a warm summer day.