The Basics of Border Design

by Natasha Starkell | 30.07.2013 | plants , border | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

The Basics of Border Design

The Basics of Border Design

Creating garden borders isn't hard, but it's much easier if you put a little thought into it first.

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Creating garden borders isn't hard, but it's much easier if you put a little thought into it first.

It's tempting to rush to the garden centre and just pick out any plants you like the look of, but do your research first and you'll get much better results.

First think about the conditions in your garden. What type of soil do you have? If your soil is alkaline clay then you'll want very different plants than if you had acidic and sandy soil. If in doubt ask your neighbours or take a look at what plants are thriving in their garden. You can also get testing kits online or from a garden centre.

Also think about the location. Is it mostly sunny or do you have a lot of shaded spots? Is it damp and boggy or dry? Is it exposed to the wind or is it sheltered? Pick your plants with these conditions in mind. Read the labels and pick plants that are best suited for each area in the garden.

You should also consider the height the plants will grow to and follow the simple of rule of planting taller plants towards the rear of your borders and smaller ones at the front. 

With a little extra planning your borders will flourish.


Natasha Starkell
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