Flowers Use To Establish Borders
Instead of planting borders at once, you can plant flower bed borders in stages. Plan ahead. Do your research. Ask questions.
The flower border should be large enough to compliment the landscape but small enough that it is easy to maintain.
How to Design Your Flower Border
The length of your flower border will depend on the area being bordered (walkway or property line). Your space will determine the width. You can layer many flowers with different heights and textures by using wide borders.
The size and shape should be in proportion to the surrounding area. Otherwise, it may look out of place. Borders can be straight and formal depending on your home’s style or curve and meander to give a natural look.
The borders of flowers placed along the landscape’s edges or in certain areas of your home (along walkways and foundations) give the property a cleaner appearance than the sporadic lawn beds.
You can incorporate borders into any landscape to fit any design scheme. What purpose does the flower border serve overall? If you want to prevent an unsightly view, for example, plant tall, bold plants with dense foliage.
This is also a smart way to create privacy. Straight borders can be made less overwhelming by arranging flowers in groups rather than in rows.
Straight borders can be softened by adding a curve to the center or one end. For aesthetic reasons, most flower borders are placed along fences or near structures. You can make your borders more attractive by using mulch, decorative edging, or plants to border them.
This may also be a great way to cut down on the work required for mowing and weeding. You will often see double borders along paths and property lines.
Double borders are often straight and formal. These formal borders are often found along walkways and the foundation of homes. These borders are typically made up of carefully pruned shrubs or subtle plantings.
Selecting Plants for Your Flower Border
You can use almost any flower as a border. Long-lasting flowers will keep your garden looking great throughout the year. Planting spring-blooming bulbs in your borders will keep them looking great all year.
These can be complemented with fall plantings such as asters or chrysanthemums, which are beautiful summer-flowering perennials. Foliage plants, ornamental grasses, and seed heads from fall and late summer flowers will keep you interested throughout the winter months.
Perennial borders are filled with perennial plants, as the name suggests. They are often not formal, but they curve slightly and are typically edged by small perennial plants such as candytuft.
Mixed borders can do it all. Mixed borders can be found among shrubs and small trees and are home to a variety of plants. These include bulbs, perennials, annuals, vines, grasses, ground covers, and even vines.
Mixed borders are often wild and free-flowing within the landscape. For added interest, ornamental pieces and birdbaths are often incorporated.
Many herbs have borders that are surrounded by backdrops like walls, fences, and hedges. These borders are ideal for screens and provide height. For climbing plants, herbs are also a good choice.