20 garden border designs
See how to use foliage and flowers to soften a wall, accent a lawn, or fringe a path
Curving borders, like this one in Ralph Hasting's Whidbey Island, Washington, garden, are more interesting ― and more complementary with casual landscapes ― than straight-edged ones.
Before planting, test out possible outlines for your border with a rope or hose.
Click ahead for 13 inspiring border designs to get you started.
Golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) creates a soft green backdrop that doesn’t compete with the sculptural plants in this sunny Santa Monica border.
For an accent: a bronze-tinged ‘Sundowner’ phormium is striking beside an icy blue Agave attenuata ‘Nova’.
Design: Gabriela Yariv Landscape Design (310/458-7250)
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ arches over the top: “I particularly like trees whose bright red or orange fall color floats above blue or chartreuse foliage,” says the designer.
Design: Tish Treherne, Bliss Garden Design (206/799-0897)
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