Creating a Decorative Border For Your Bed

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Using plants to edge yard borders is a creative way to spice up your yard and make it incredibly attractive. Like any other gardening task, creating borders requires attention to detail and a little bit of research.

For example, will the available space of the yard accommodate the type of plant or flower border you want? If so, do the borders complement the surroundings? What type of flowers and plants bloom at the particular time of the season you want to start in? Can it be kept up easily?

These and more should be the considerations before proceeding to create a flower border. Once you’ve done some research, whether on Google or a great long chat with your local gardening center, you’re ready to go.

Planning Your Flower Border

Using a design tool, such as the interactive one found on Better Homes & Gardens HERE, is a great way to get started with the actual layouts. Programs like this take out the stress of the design planning and lead the way to the enjoyable parts.

You’ll first need to choose the areas you would like to be bordered, e.g. a pathway, ambulatory, pavement, promenade etc. This will determine the Lengths. Then, the available space determines the Width. Once you choose the bed’s floral patterns to match the surroundings, you have completed a bulk of the task.

Wide borders afford you the chance to go for varieties of plants and flowers of different features. Double borders are a common sight along property lines. Most of the time they are made up of straight edges and feature delicately pruned shrubs. To add a little height, there are flower borders meant for fences (creeping phlox), too.

Choosing the Plants

There are no rules that apply on what flowers to use for your borders. However, going for plants that will bloom together at the proper time all season is important. To retain that appeal on the eyes, you can plant spring-blooming bulbs along with cool-season ones. Foliage’s beautiful leaves make a nice compliment, as well. Asters and chrysanthemums are perfect fall plantings. The list goes on with wonderful colors you can choose to compliment your yard.

You do want to take a little time to consider the fragrance of the flowers and plants you would like for your border. Just because a flower is pretty, doesn’t mean it seems pretty. This is another chat point for your gardening center visit.

Enjoy your handi-work

Once your borders start to flourish, sit back and enjoy your visual and aromatic creation. Preferably with a good book and a chilled beverage.

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