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 a list of nurseries where to find them.
Clematis and Wisteria can be perfect companions. They can happily share the same arch or trellis, both reaching for the sun. When combined, they often look many times more beautiful than on a standalone basis.
Rambler Roses are a spectacular sight when in full bloom. In this beautiful garden scene, two lovely rambling roses have been combined. Blooming once in late spring or early summer, they may not repeat flower, but they make up for it with the massive quantities of blooms they produce in their main flush.
Color your landscape with plants!
This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate in order to be enjoyed at home. If kept regularly dead-headed, this striking plant combination should last until frost!
Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow perennials make a striking contrast to the soft autumnal hues of the grasses. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious.
Enjoy a glowing and colorful garden in late summer or fall. Glistening in the late season, these easy-to-grow plants will enlighten your garden for weeks. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will make your neighbors envious.
Create a fantastic display in your garden in late summer or fall with easy-to-grow perennials and a few ornamental grasses. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will glow for weeks.
Add color and form to your garden with late-flowering beauties. Fairly easy to replicate, this plant combination will glow for weeks. Most plants are top performers and have been awarded prestigious awards.
Extend your garden season into fall. Add color and form with late-flowering beauties. This garden scene is packed with hardworking, easy care perennials and ornamental grasses that provide color and texture from their foliage, flowers, and seedheads from mid summer to fall.
An unforgettable spectacle in the fall!
A border of Asters is an unforgettable spectacle in the fall. Combine them with glowing Chinese Lanterns (Physalis franchetii) and Butterfly Bushes (Buddleja davidii) and you will enjoy a delightful color show which will enlighten your garden for weeks, from late until frost.
This pretty informal border is composed of vigorous grasses and perennials which will enlighten your garden for weeks, from early summer until fall.
Dramatic and versatile, perennial Salvias are wonderful plants to enjoy over a long season of interest. Blooming in shades of blue, violet, pink or white, they usually peak in late spring or early summer but may continue to produce new blooms through summer and in fall. Fragrant, they are combined with other aromatic plants in this mixed border
Will grab the attention! Roses, Salvia and Geranium always make a pleasing trio as outlined in this summer border
For a striking display!
Who can resist a border overflowing with colorful perennial flowers? Fairly easy to replicate, this festive border includes a few spectacular elements which provide striking color and contrast to the perennial border
Colorful and rich in textures! Create stunning, easy care and long-lasting border combinations like this one. All plants are deer, rabbit and drought tolerant. Undemanding and easy to grow, they require little maintenance and enjoy a very long season of interest
A mixture of ornamental grasses and perennials, this prairie style planting has been designed by world acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, and is part of his impressive creations at RHS Wisley.
Long-lasting and low maintenance!