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.
Fairly easy to replicate and requiring low care, this ravishing plant combination is a welcome presence in the late summer garden and you will find yourself admiring its spectacular blooms again and again
Adding a hot punch of color in the late spring garden, bold magenta Gladiolus communis ssp Byzanthinus (Byzantine Gladiolus) and purple Allium 'Firmament' (Ornamental Onion) hover around the exceptionally graceful Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa Tenuissima) and the luminous Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue' (Mediterranean Sea Holly). Adding grace and cheerful color to the landscape, this plant combination will put a smile on your face for many weeks!
One of the most stunning variegated trees, Cornus controversa 'Variegata' (Wedding Cake Tree) makes a wonderful focal point for a small to medium-sized garden. In this pretty late spring garden, it has been paired with the bold red blossoms of Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere' (Oriental Poppy) and the architectural white Allium 'Mount Everest' (Ornamental Onion).
Gleaming with a metallic sheen, Allium 'Firmament' is an impressive Ornamental Onion with particularly long-lasting flowers. It is combined in this late spring garden with the exceptionally graceful Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa Tenuissima) and the luminous Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue' (Mediterranean Sea Holly).
Easy to replicate and relatively low maintenance, this plant combination is deer resistant and will put a smile on your face for many weeks! Most plants have won prestigious awards and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home.
This plant pairing uses 2 spectacular, upright perennial plants with contrasting flower colors and shapes. Both plants are deer or rabbit resistant, drought tolerant and are top performers
A colorful plant combination to cheer you up in late spring! Easy to replicate and low maintenance, this combo includes 3 superb top performers
Wonderfully bold, this perennial border combines colors and shapes to create a long-lasting and spectacular effect from summer to fall. All plants are deer resistant, drought tolerant and low maintenance.
Wonderfully bold, this perennial border combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect. All plants are deer resistant, salt tolerant and are top performers
Since 'The Mayflower' is a shrub rose which repeat flowers with exceptional continuity and is rarely without flowers, you will enjoy this lovely combo for many, many weeks!
This fascinating border has been created by landscape architect, Dina Deferme, for her own garden. Get inspired and re-create the same relaxed atmosphere in your own garden. Most plants are drought tolerant, deer or rabbit resistant and enjoy a very long season of interest.
Perfect for rock or gravel gardens, this plant combination includes a mix of succulent and perennial plants, selected for their vivid colors, low care and water needs. Easy to replicate, all plants are deer, rabbit, drought, dry or rocky soil tolerant and most attract nectar-seeking butterflies!
Wow! Such a vibrant plant combination to cheer you up for weeks in late spring - early summer! Easy to replicate and low maintenance. Most plants are deer and rabbit resistant!
Bejeweled with Japanese Anemones and Mountain fleece, this late summer planting idea includes just a few plants that will bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most.
Bejeweled with Japanese Anemones and ornamental grasses, this late summer planting idea includes just a few plants that will bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most. All plants are top performers, earning them the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. Most of them are deer and rabbit resistant and make excellent cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!
This late summer tapestry has been created by weaving together late season perennials and ornamental grasses. Rather than each having their own space, the partners each mingle, encroach and intertwine on and with the other as a reflection of their perfect marriage.
Designed for late summer interest and color and extending its brilliant colors well into fall, this plant palette can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations.
Only 3 plants comprise this naturalistic combination. Designed for late summer interest and color and extending its brilliant colors well into fall, this plant palette can be easily replicated in many sunny garden situations.
Easy to re-create in your garden, this planting is care-free and uses little water.
Set your garden border ablaze for weeks from midsummer to fall with 3 outstanding plants: Crocosmia, Dahlia and Canna.
If you are looking for a low care and long-lasting summer or fall border idea, you may want to try this combination of evergreen shrubs, ornamental grasses, colorful perennials and low-growing sedums.
How not to be magnetically attracted to this glowing perennial border of red, orange and blue. Wonderfully bold, it combines flower colors and shapes to create a spectacular effect.