See how to use foliage and flowers to soften a wall, accent a lawn, or fringe a path.
Combine thyme, oregano, English lavender, and sage for a gorgeous herb border. Once established, these herbs need only little to moderate watering and occasional fertil- izing to look good for most of the year in mild climates.
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Colorful border for three seasons
Flowers that bloom over a long season and require only modest amounts of water or time ― isn't that what we all want? Choose the right plants and you can have vibrant borders from spring through fall.
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Pool garden border
Borders don't have to be large or complex to have visual impact; just four or five well-chosen plants can work wonders. Here, a border of purple African daisies, lobelia, sea lavender, and silvery dusty Miller hugs a pool in Scottsdale, AZ.
Red kangaroo paws and yellowish orange alstroemerias brighten a border that curves out into a lawn in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Soften a wall
Purple fountain grass and other foliage plants create a leafy screen that adds texture in front of a fence or wall.
Fringe a path
This border features two rosy Scotch heathers (Calluna vulgaris 'Dark Beauty') and variegated Hebe speciosa 'Tricolor'. Scotch moss grows between pavers.
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Edge a sidewalk
In a curb strip are 'Royal Purple' smoke tree, 'Sapphire' blue oat grass, 'Globemaster' allium, yellow 'Golden Celebration' rose, white 'Iceberg' rose, and Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus'.
Frame a focal point
Orange-red 'Bishop of Llandaff' dahlias, 'Tropicana' canna, and green-leafed 'Pretoria' canna surround an umbrella in Mark Henry's garden in Snohomish, WA.
Red-leafed coleus and yellow-flowered sedum accent a sunny border in Washington state.
Pink garden border
Pink sweet William and poppies play off yellow daylilies and silvery lamb's ears in this border.
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