Gone are the days of rigid garden rules. Today, gardeners are mixing perennials, annuals and hardwoods to create dynamic displays that extenuate walkways, paths and define spaces.
Mixed borders are different than formal borders in that that they mimic nature. Using different plant categories helps create patterns that you might see growing ‘in the wild.’ Space, climate and sun conditions will put limitations on what types of plants you can use, which might not be a bad thing, since even with these restraints the possibilities are endless!
Tips for planning a dynamic border garden…
Don’t rush it! Starting with your bigger plants and letting them fill in a little, will help you judge what other plants you will need to add diversity. Overcrowding by planting too soon and too quickly induces stress and can even cause them to die back. It’s better to go slow and steady… filling spaces with mulch or annuals until it all comes together!
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