A well balanced flower garden border uses a wide variety of plants that balance out color, texture, height and form. As the gardener, it is your job to take each and every plant into consideration when deciding where to add it in your border. Because of the many different ways in which plants grow, it is important that you are aware of the changes and bloom schedule for every plant that will be added to a border. This attention to detail ensures that there is always life and color in the garden border, even when one plant begins to fade after all its flowers have been spent.
Use these tips to help you create a mixed flower garden border that is full of color and interest for the entire growing season through the use of strong and subtle bloomers, filler plants, textured plants and brief bolting flowers.
Fast Bolting and Eye Catching Flowers
Every garden border benefits from fast growing and eye catching plants that put out huge blooms. These plants are often referred to as the star attraction in a garden bed because they are the first and last thing most people notice. Think bright colors, big blooms and interesting shapes. These additions should be used sparingly, and between other flowers because there show, while beautiful is brief and you will be left with a lot of empty or green space once their flowers are gone. Some examples of these types of flowers include Foxglove, Delphinium, Hollyhocks and Poppies.
In between the showy flowers that you add to the border you want to create established groupings of flowers. These can be plants with large or small blooming flowers of any color. Because you will be adding fast bolters, showy flowers and fillers that create a backdrop, it is important that you have some constant growers that will give you something to always look at. Flowers that fit this category in your mixed border include geraniums, petunias, alyssum, impatiens and lobella.
Subtle Colored Bushes
The goal is for the front portion of a border to stand out, so adding some subtle colored bushes to the background is a great idea. These plants are meant to create a canvas, not steal the show, so think of plants that are all one color, and pale or deep hues. Lavender bushes add color and scent, with tiny purple flowers budding but not enough to attract too much attention away from your showstoppers. Smoke Bush, Artemisia and Black Flowering Fountain Grass are all great options.
Flowering vines are a great addition to a border because they add a vertical, or horizontal if you don’t want to stake, element. One of the best ways to create a cohesive look in a garden is to repeat flowers and colors throughout, and a vine does this one its own as it spreads and makes its way across a flower bed. Some of the easiest flowering vines to add to a garden border are clematis plants because they are very flexible and fast growing.
Finally, you want to include at least one type of plant that is know as a filler because it spreads outs, fills in where there are gaps in the landscape and adds a little vertical element. Russian sage, purple coneflower and bugbane are all great examples that don’t crowd other plants that you add.
Special thanks to Sophie Sanchez for sharing her gardening knowledge with this guest post! Photos courtesy of pixabay.com.