Planting shorter perennials as border flowers for your garden helps defines lines, add dimension to larger plants and flowers and highlights borders and pathways. Using the right perennials as a border, you can soften edges and add more beauty to an already lovely garden.
Perennial borders work well in any outdoor space. They are especially lovely in cottage gardens where there are often elements of fences, gates, paths, walkways and walls. English gardens also lend themselves to perennial borders as there are sometimes raised garden beds and curved walkways as features defining that space. Even a moon garden can benefit from the right perennials planted as a border to highlight accents such as stepping stone pathways.
To sum up: a good perennial used as a flower border should be low-growing, bloom for a long time and have dynamic colour and texture.
Here are four versatile perennials to consider as border flowers:
This shorter version of the well-known columbine blooms red and yellow petals and grows 12 to 18 inches tall. These flowers do well in partial to full shade and can take full sun when kept in moist soil.
This pretty flower, also called Fringe Lavender, is a showy compact flower that produces a huge volume of blooms throughout summer and autumn. It can produce all year if given the right amount of light and sun. The blue-grey foliage grows to two feet and is stunning without stealing the spotlight from larger plants.
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The lacy leaves and silvery gray foliage of this plant will add texture and contrast to any garden. The plant’s striking foliage lasts through multiple seasons. It is also drought-resistant and tolerates frost.
The eye-catching blooms of Rozanne add beauty and colour to frame your border. Her long flowering period continuously produces masses of large violet-blue flowers from late spring to the first frost. This makes her an exceptional and low-maintenance plant.
Low-growing perennials add beauty and dimension to your garden. They also frame larger plants, soften walkways and walls and highlight raised garden beds. When choosing which perennials you will use to frame your garden, consider your garden zone and each flower’s watering and pruning needs for optimal results.
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