How To Plan And Grow A Beautiful Perennial Garden Border

Use A Mixture Of Different Types Of Plants

To keep your garden from looking boring, try mixing different styles of plants together in the space. For instance, mixing plants with tall flowers like red-hot pokers or Agastache with shorter, rounder flowers like coneflowers or sedum creates a richer, more layered look. As an added bonus, short, dense perennials provide support for taller perennials.

Create A Special Border For Sun-Loving Perennials

If there is an area of your yard or garden that gets a lot of sun, it is the perfect place for a perennial flower bed. Choose perennials that thrive in the sun. Great examples include the peony, coneflower, blanket flower, and Agastache. All of these flowers do best when they get a minimum of six hours of sun each day. Even though heuchera is often thought of as a plant that thrives in the shade, a number of new varieties have been introduced that are much more tolerant of the sun. 

Make The Most Of The Space You Have Available

Don’t let any of your outdoor space go to waste. Perennials can thrive in just about any location. For instance, an attractive perennial border can be squeezed in between a retaining wall and a fence next to a street that gets a lot of traffic. A great plant for difficult locations which requires practically no upkeep is pink gaura, a plant that naturally resists drought and heat. As an added bonus, the blooms of this flower also do a great job of drawing in butterflies.

Create A Big Impact With Small Flowers

Even the tiniest perennials can pack a real punch in your garden. The best part about these plants is that you can use them to fill in tiny spaces. In this example, a combination of red fountain grass, LiveWire grass, heuchera, and dianthus create an attractive display. Some other diminutive plants you may want to consider include hens and chicks, liriope, Lamium, vinca, geraniums, bleeding hearts, violets, and ajuga.

Take On The Shade

Add color and visual interest to shady spots in your yard by planting perennials that don’t require a lot of sun. There are plenty of perennials out there that require less than six hours of filtered sunlight each day. Some low-maintenance plants that you can try include begonia, brunnera, Hakone grass, heuchera, Jacob’s ladder, and Japanese painted ferns. 

Choose Plants Pollinators Love

Pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees help keep plants healthy and strong. Adding flowers that naturally attract these creatures is a great way to bring more life and beauty to your garden space. For example, this beautiful display includes red heuchera, blue Agastache, white spiderwort, and pink penstemon, all of which attract pollinators. The best part is these plants all bloom for the majority of the summer.

Opt For Plants With Bright Foliage

Some of the most eye-catching plants in any garden don’t have flowers. Instead, they have beautiful, brightly-colored leaves. There are many perennials out there that are loved for their leaves. For instance, Solomon’s seal has stunning leaves in shades of green and white that look beautiful when combined with red heuchera. The intricate leaves of persicaria provide the perfect backdrop for the brilliant chartreuse color of Japanese forest grass.

Create Drifts Of Plants

To really make your garden and borders shine, plant perennials in groups or drifts. This is an easy way to create a lot of visual impact in the space. Best of all, it doesn’t take much planning to get excellent results. A great example of this idea in action can be seen with this large clump of Stella d’Oro daylilies, which are planted next to a beautiful path that winds its way through other banks of flowers including garden phlox, artemisia, and Asiatic lilies. To create a cohesive look in a long border, include clumps of the same flowers at relatively evenly spaced intervals. 

Pair Perennials With Other Types Of Plants

Even though perennials are beautiful on their own, they do best when paired with other types of plants. Try adding annuals or shrubs to the mix.

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