How To Maintain A Border


The idea in the planting of the mixed border is to have as much bloom time as possible. A generous scattering of bulbs helps herald in the very beginning of spring, or may provide great colour before many other plants begin to flower. A mixed border is an attractive assortment of plants planted in a bed designed to border a particular garden or architectural feature such as a lawn or walkway. This video shows you how to keep your borders looking bright and beautiful all summer long.


Some Ideas

In early spring, people can add additional terrific colour to their border by planting lovely annuals such as pansies, impatiens, or others.

There are many different types of plants that could be used to create a mixed border.

  • Perennials are flowers that tend to bloom yearly and can live for many years, provided they’re planted in the right locations and receive good care.
  • Annuals will usually only live for a single year, and will need to be plucked and replanted the next year.
  • Bulbs include mid-winter blooming plants like crocuses, tulips, and daffodils, and they also include some flowers like gladiolus that bloom in the spring.
  • Shrubs can be short to tall bushes, like roses and rhododendrons.

This video talks you through the various steps to planting the ideal herbaceous border.


Perennial plants could be spread through the garden, such as calendula or others, providing green ground cover and tiny blossoms. Later, bulbs like gladiolus may start to emerge in mid spring, and perennial plants can begin to flower while wildflowers make their appearance.

To extend the blooms into summer, perennial roses or other summer flowering shrubs might be useful, and for autumn colour more annuals such as chrysanthemums could replace earlier spring annuals.