Flower borders have been used in gardening for over a hundred years. Now, when the range of plants suitable for planting in borders is unusually wide, this decorative element can become decisive in the style of the garden.
The use of borders in the design of an ornamental garden (which is especially important in small areas) will allow to write this necessary element of the garden life into the overall picture of the garden. They look very stylish raised flower beds, underlined by garden ornamental plants, such as strawberries, curly parsley, chives, perennial herbs (rue, thyme, sage, hyssop, oregano, lavender). Short-lived, but very decorative borders of leaf lettuce and basil.
If you need a border that maintains a stable appearance at any time of the year, use low varietal conifers. Growing too slowly will not work for the reason that they will need several years to close with crowns, and fast-growing ones will require regular haircuts.For evergreen borders best suited dwarf garden forms of western thuja.
Among the perennials there are plants with wintering leaves, which can also be used in all-season curbs - periwinkle, some types of mountains, apical pahisander, Badan, Primorye Army.
Low borders from ornamental shrubs are very durable. In the spring and summer, they are good with a dense pattern of leaves, and in the fall after leaf fall, a graphic pattern of numerous shoots opens, thickly growing as a result of annual pruning. The trimmed border of boxwood looks impressive, but it sometimes freezes in the middle lane. You can also use the many varieties of Japanese spirea and Thunberg barberry, privet, shrub.
Many herbaceous perennials are suitable for creating borders. It is better to take plants that build up dense low curtains and have decorative foliage. Border can be formed from ground cover plants, especially if it is located near the track. Such a low border will visually increase the width of the passage and create a smooth transition from paving to higher plants in flower beds and decorative garden compositions. For the border suitable aster alpine, primroses, geyhery, hosts, stakhis woolly, zhivuchki, brunner krupnolistnaya, tiarell, low-growing cereals, astilby and bells, various stonecrop (sedum), saxweed, varietal medunits.
If you want to draw a long straight walkway, to avoid the monotony of the curb, it is better to divide it into several areas planted with different plants and combine these fragments into a single line with larger cultures or architectural garden elements.And for decorating the edges of a rabatka (a rectangular flower bed, the length of which is several times longer than its width) a border of single-type annual or perennial flowers will work very well.
In any case, although the curb is a classic method of garden design, you do not have to follow the traditional recommendations. Try different combinations of plants, and you will definitely find the best options for your garden.