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.
How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border that can also be enjoyed in early fall
Created by world acclaimed designer, Piet Oudolf, at RHS Wisley Garden, Surrey, this naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest, is drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance and a real magnet to butterflies and bees!
Colorful blossoms and delightful fragrance that will entice the senses! Create this border where you will be able to enjoy its perfume daily: near a doorway, along a path, near your patio or deck!
Ideal for planting alongside an informal path, Lavender forms a magnificent hedge with its attractive foliage, colorful blossoms and delightful fragrance that entices the senses!
A long-lasting and low care summer border!
A long-lasting summer border!
A long-lasting summer border with just a few ingredients for a captivating result.
This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate and includes lovely ingredients. Valued for their soft pink blossoms, Dahlias are beautifully leaping up out of a froth of pure white Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed) and gloriously team up with the cheerful blossoms of Echinacea purpurea (Coneflower) and Cosmos.
This desirable and long-lasting summer border is fairly easy to replicate and includes spectacular ingredients
This naturalized perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest. Most of these plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, low maintenance, excellent as cut flowers and real magnets to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Fairly easy to replicate, this interesting prairie planting includes a few spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks.
Fairly easy to replicate, this pretty prairie planting includes a few spectacular elements which thrive on neglect while providing striking color and contrast for weeks.
Get inspired by the gardeners of the lovely Peacock Garden at Great Dixter and create stunning borders like this one. Most plants won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. All are deer resistant
A long-lasting summer mix! Both plants are drought and dry soil tolerant, fairly pest-free and low maintenance, excellent in fresh cut flowers bouquets and will reward you with plentiful blossoms and happy butterflies!
A long-lasting summer border!
Designed for late summer and fall interest, this bold plant combination can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations. Most plants make excellent cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home. A great way of ending the season with a bang of color!
Long-lasting and low care, this bold plant combination can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations. All plants are top performers, earning them the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. They also make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home too!
A simple but eye-catching mix realized with 3 favorite perennials for most gardeners which brings cheerful summer notes to the landscape!
This pretty perennial border, in the prairie style planting, is composed of vigorous perennials which will set your garden afire from mid summer until fall. Attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds but ignored by deer, these plants also make excellent cut flowers.