Border Ideas to Liven Up Your Garden

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You may be wanting to rush straight to the gardening centre and fill up your car boot with all the different kinds of plants you wish to plant in your new borders. And, it is so easy to get overly exciting at the idea of growing them all, but there are a few key matters to consider first before you plant all your borders. Your borders need to be properly prepared and carefully planned before you can just randomly plant here and there. It’s an important mandatory process that you must try to go through in order to achieve the vision of a beautiful garden filled with colour and life.

Sunny or shady?

It’s essential to know how much shade or sun which parts of your garden get the most of, different types of botany grow better in different climates and environments. When you are deciding which plants to plant where make sure you are planting them in the places in your garden they will grow best in. For example, sun-loving flowers such as lilies and tulips will need to be positioned so that they are receiving as much sunlight as possible. This is also true of plants that prefer different temperatures, for example, ferns prefer shady damp environments to flourish in.

However, there is always the alternative of a greenhouse if your garden requires it, as this will allow you to grow the plants you can’t manage in your actual garden.

Soil type

You don’t have to be a chemistry whizz to understand which soils are best for your plants and knowing your soil type will definitely help with saving you money by choosing the right plants. Soil types can range from acidic to sandy to clay and you can easily test it by investing in a soil tests kit which are super easy to buy anywhere.

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How to make them beautiful all year around.

One of the trickiest parts of being a gardener is managing to make your garden look lively all year round,

as predictably plants don’t survive or flower that much during the colder wintry months. If you bear this in mind when you plan your borders you can choose plants that can still keep their charm throughout the seasons. Ideas such as incorporating green coniferous plants will help provide interest in your garden still during the winter. Grasses and plants from the same family can also be very aesthetically pretty in the garden alongside your other herbaceous plants, so don’t be drawn away from using these in the borders too.

When to buy your plants

The best time to start planting in your border will either be early Spring or Autumn as these are the better climates for your young plants to thrive in.

Some young plants won’t be able to survive the winter though so it is best to plant these in the early Spring; it is fundamental that you research about your planting your plants before you buy.

It is also best to plan which plants you want in each border before going to the garden centre as they will push to sell you plants which look pretty in the shop but may finish flowering as soon as you plant them. Instead, the plants you buy will not be the most extravagant and wild looking, they will look pretty feeble and will only just be starting to grow and this is the best condition to buy your plants in.

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