Guide to Designing and Planting Borders


With careful planning, borders can provide us with a range of colour, texture and form throughout the season. In this section, we take a look at the different types of border you can choose for your garden, as well as some tips and advice on planning and maintaining them for year-round interest.

If you're looking for some ideas on using plants in border schemes, some of the other sections elsewhere in the Planting Guide (such as Annuals and Biennials, Perennials and Shrubs) have in-depth information on choosing, buying, planting and maintaining these plants.

Border Types
Your extensive guide to the different varieties of borders - including herbaceous borders, shrub borders, mixed borders and seasonal borders.
Planning & Planting
Find out how to research, plan and plant a new border.
Border Maintenance
A look at how you can take care of your borders throughout the year.