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.
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 blue and purple perennial flowers. Plant these wonderful perennial plants near a pool where they can be reflected for double the pleasure.
Packed with deer and drought resistant plants, this Mediterranean raised bed is a delight in terms of fragrance, color and texture. At the foot of an old gnarled olive tree are easy to grow perennials and shrubs offering a very long season of interest extending from spring to fall.
If you are looking for a colorful, low care and drought tolerant summer border idea, you may want to try this combination of hardy perennials and ornamental grasses. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.
Easy to replicate, this naturalistic planting is ideal for lazy gardeners who wish to put very little effort into a beautiful and low-maintenance garden.
This colorful plant combination will cheer you up for weeks from early to mid summer. Easy to replicate, this Mediterranean-style planting is ideal for lazy gardeners who wish to put very little effort into a beautiful and low-maintenance garden. Drought tolerant or deer resistant, most plants provide plenty of nectar and pollen for visiting insects, and make excellent cut flowers too!
This lovely plant combination is rich of many exciting contrasts in colors and shapes. Popping up from the flowerbed like so many out-stretched ostrich necks are the tall and elegant flower spikes of Verbascum 'Carribean Crush' (Mullein) and the dense white puffball flower umbels of Allium 'Mont Blanc'.
Are you striving to embellish your borders in a striking naturalistic fashion while devoting as little time possible for care? Why not re-create this fantastic plant combination
If you are passionate about vibrant summer color in your garden, this perennial planting may be for you. Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
The brilliant colors and bold contrasts of this perennial planting are perfect for brightening up your late summer and fall garden.
This warm and eye-catching gravel garden is a showstopper with its incredible mix of color co-ordinated foliage plants. A simple but dramatic combination of deer resistant and low-care plants which never fail to make a strong statement, whether in pots, on the patio, in a courtyard, or rising from the border.
With their unusual shapes and brilliant colors, Kniphofias (Red Hot Pokers) and Sea Hollies (Eryngium bourgatii) are wonderful herbaceous perennials to combine in beds and borders. This perennial combination enjoys a long season of interest, is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, is deer and rabbit resistant, and drought tolerant.
Create seductive plant combinations like this one. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, these plants will contribute to a fabulous garden that you will admire day after day, all summer long.
How not to marvel at the color, beauty and arrangement of this summer border which can also be enjoyed from mid summer until fall? Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
Annual plants bring color and excitement to summer gardens. This desirable and long-lasting border idea is a great example. Easy to replicate in your own sunny garden, this striking plant combination will last for months until frost.
Easy on the eyes, this simple and elegant plant combination is a pleasure to live with. Perfect for the shade garden, its refreshing plant palette of green and white plants provides a cooling and pleasing effect. An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy from spring to fall. Most plants are rabbit resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. Enjoy!
An easy and remarkable scenery to enjoy in mid to late spring. Most plants are deer resistant and have been granted the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for their outstanding qualities. They are all low maintenance.
Designed to be contemporary and to create a calm, tranquil atmosphere, this stylish garden includes only a few plants but is a real masterpiece of simplicity.
This perennial border is brimming with a colorful, naturalistic planting. It is the perfect tranquil setting in which to relax and enjoy a summer day with friends and family. Easy to grow and fairly low care, most plants are attractive to butterflies or hummingbirds!