Creating Beds and Borders

Creating Beds and Borders - Gardening Book

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Creating Beds and Borders

Softcover, 8-1/2 x 11 in., 176 pages, with color photos and drawings

Creating eye-catching island beds and borders

Creating Beds and Borders delivers practical advice and innovative ideas for creatng eye-catching island beds and borders. Selected from the pages of Fine Gardening magazine, the articles in this book will help you make the most of sun and shade, choose the best plants, and design for long-season good looks. All this information from talented designers will inspire you to create a beautiful garden of your own.

In this book you will discover how to:

  • build a bed the easy way
  • use shrubs for beautiful borders
  • lay out the curves of an island bed
  • choose plants for multi-season interest
  • prune perennials to prolong flowering
  • create eye-catching drama with foliage

Table of Contents


PART 1: Design Strategies
Bed & Border Basics
Order in the Border
Design Island Beds to View from Any Angle
Perennial Border Design with Foliage

PART 2: Great Border Plants

Good Looks Begin at the Edge
Flowering Shrubs Enhance Mixed Borders
Annuals Pep Up Perennial Borders
Lacing the Border with Beauty
Shrubs for the Perennial Border: Elisabeth Sheldon
Well-Placed Shrubs Make Borders Better
Roses Enliven a Border

PART 3: Special Techniques
Build a Bed without Breaking Your Back
Drawing the Line on Curved Beds & Borders
Pruning Perennials in Midseason
Start with Seeds for a Collector's Paradise
Renovating a Perennial Bed

PART 4: Garden Gallery
A Perennial Border for All Seasons
Solutions for Wet, Shady Sites
Designing a Warm-Climate Border
Can't Dig Down? Build Up
Sun and Shade



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