When planning a new bed or border in your garden, you need to consider that every planting site has its own characteristics — wet or dry, shade or sun, exposed or protected. Some areas are meant for a special purpose, such as a scented bed near patio seating or a garden frequently enjoyed at night. Regardless of the situation, it’s always best to select plants to fit the site, rather than try to radically alter soil, moisture or light conditions beyond reasonable measure. In Garden Making No. 24 with Garden Essentials on the cover, we provide 6 planting plans for borders.
The plans have plant combinations for challenging gardening conditions such as dry shade, hot and sun-scorched exposure or chronically drought-parched soil. There are also selections if you have destructive critters like deer. To thrill the senses, there are suggestions for plants that will share their perfume, and a grouping with foliage and flowers you’ll especially appreciate at nighttime.
Plans include plant list
The six situations covered are:
- Drought-tolerant bed in full sun
- Fragrant border
- Ornamental edible border
- Deer-resistant garden
- Night garden
- A dry-shade bed
Use one of the six planting schemes to design a new bed or border, or choose just a few plants to fill spots crying out for the right selections.
The plant lists are ready-made to create a pleasing combination to fill a small bed or border (use multiples of three, five or seven, depending on the space you have), or provide inspiration for bigger projects.
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