How to Border with Flowers


Create an unexpected border along a garden path or lawn using bright flowers with splashes of vibrant greens. Use different heights, colors and textures to create an interesting and vibrant design. Use flowers in yellow, red and orange to contrast with shades of green foliage. Plant perennials for a low-maintenance border and one that will come back fuller and taller. With their constant blaze of color in the spring and summer months, perennials add vibrancy and ensure a long-lasting border to the landscape

Step 1

Use a larger plant in the back of the border for height such as the elephant's ear or a Japanese banana plant. Grow these large plants for a vibrant green addition to the space and backdrop to the border.

Step 2

Flank either side of the flower border using a large colorful bush like the hydrangea. Planting two larger bushes creates a focal point on either end of the border and draws your eye into the flower garden.

Step 3

Add shorter flowers to the middle areas of the flower border. Use a cluster of coneflowers and black-eyed Susans to help fill in the space and add bursts of color.

Step 4

Plant low-growing plants like the creeping verbena plant, which grows in a moundlike shape with lovely white blooms. Add these flowers to the front and along the edge of the border.

Step 5

Add a creeping thyme plant to fill in between the front areas of the border and drape over the edge. Grow sedum to add a bright splash of lime green to the front of the border and to creep around the bed.

Step 6

Sprinkle in a few small monkey grass plants in hard-to reach spaces of the border and to add their draping effect to the space. Complementing the other green foliage, the monkey grass will produce small purple blooms to add a bit of color.

Step 7

Lay 2 to 3 inches of mulch over the soil and between the flowers of the border. Spread the mulch up to the edge of the border of the garden and lawn for a nice contrast and to help the plants retain water.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Mulch


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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.