Class 1: Some Perennials Basics
Class 2: Garden Design
Class 3: Putting Pencil to Paper
Class 4: Soil Preparation and Planting
Class 5: Maintaining your Perennial Gardens
Class 6: Troubleshooting

Border gardens are simply those that border something else. That something might be the edge of the property, a stone wall, a hedgerow, a walkway, or any other landscape element. Border gardens tend to be relatively long and narrow, though this isn’t always the case. As with island beds, consider whether they’ll be viewed all around or from just one side.

Border gardens can be quite formal, with neat rows of plants flanking a sidewalk. Or they can be very natural looking, creating a gentle transition between lawn and wild areas. Because they complement other landscape features, border gardens are a great place for new perennial gardeners to experiment.

Sample Garden Plan for a Sunny Border Garden

  • borders walkway and stone wall
  • full sun except for some afternoon shade along wall
  • USDA Zones 5-9. In Zone 4, substitute Sedum 'Matrona' for Shasta daisy.

Plant Common Name Height Flower Color Season of Bloom Sun/ Shade USDA Zone
Achillea yarrow 2-3' raspberry red summer to fall sun 3-8
Astilbe astilbe 22" red early to midsummer part shade 4-8
Coreopsis grandiflora tickseed 2' yellow early to late summer sun 3-9
Iris bearded iris 3' violet and white early summer sun 3-9
Hemerocallis daylily 15-18" deep maroon early summer, plus reblooms later sun/part shade 3-9
Hemerocallis daylily 2' yellow summer to fall sun/part shade 3-9
Leucanthemum x maximum Shasta daisy 3-4' white with yellow center summer sun 5-9
*Tucking in some spring-flowering bulbs, such as daffodils, tulips, and crocus, will provide color from early to late spring.


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