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Mixed borders at Gravetye Manor garden
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Garden border ideas: 16 for the garden

Published: April 29, 2022 at 1:30 pm
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A selection of different ways to plant up a garden border, with tips from designers and inspiration from famous gardens. Photograph Richard Bloom.

Whether you've been inspired by the garden borders at Great Dixter to create something grand or want to create an impactful border in a small garden, we've got an article to provide ideas and advice.

Among our many articles on garden border designs, you'll find advice from professionals. Author and landscape architect Marian Boswell has offered tips on creating a mixed border planting plan, suggesting starting with trees and ground-cover before adding shrubs, perennials and annuals. Garden designer Arne Maynard talks through how he put together the tonal borders at Cottesbrooke Hall and offers up a list of potential plants to use if you'd like to replicate the effect.

We also offer up downloadable planting plans on how to create great garden borders. If you're looking for exotic garden border ideas and have an east-facing location, head gardener Mick Evans has created a colourful planting scheme for you to download and work from as well as tips on how to maintain your exotic border once it is planted up. The same goes for Jinny Blom's romantic flower border and Sarah Price's spring border planting plans.

You will also be able to find inspiration in articles about existing gardens that have excellent borders. From Great Dixter to Gravetye, you'll find how-to guides and plenty of planting lists to get you started with creating a dream garden border at home.

Take a look at our list of garden border ideas pieces below:

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