The word "border" comes from the French word "bordure", which means "edge, border, frame." In gardening as a decoration of the edges of flower beds and garden beds, lawns, ornamental plants use. Live border also follows the contours of the paths and makes the garden a more manicured.

Requirements for border plants

Border plants should be fairly short. Usually it is not more than 40 cm In this case they will not overshadow the more high the flowers that are behind them, are beautifully framing the lawn without falling on him. In addition, it is desirable to curb or plants bloomed profusely, or had decorative leaves. In some cases, sometimes both.
Well, if you have chosen to border the plants are undemanding, because, being near the tracks, they may be subject to various influences.

Border flowers, like all plants, can be divided into two groups: perennials and annuals. It is better to plant every grower decides for himself, according to their own preferences.

And perennials and annuals have their pros and cons. But those and others can look very impressive when you consider their features while growing.

Perennial and annual border plants

If the curb is made mnogoletie, then they usually become hooked compact clumps of annuals. For example, bulbs (crocuses, daffodils, tulips) are in bloom in the spring, and by summer their foliage gohnet and dies. To preserve the decorative, in between the bulbous plant flowers that will delight the eye during the summer months.

Another option of planting with earlier blooming eksemplare also planted perennial plants that stay decorative throughout the summer. Looks great on the borders of the host. If the flower bed is located in the shady side of the garden, Hosta blue, if the place is Sunny, it is best to choose a variegated host.

Among perennials, do not lose of view for several months, astilba, bergenia, periwinkle. Looks good Primula after flowering its leaves don't die.

But if you still want to see the garden flowering profusely, you should look for annuals. One of the most unpretentious are marigolds. These plants bloom from the end of may to the first frosts. Bushes compact, spherical, with bright flowers from pale yellow to deep Burgundy color.
Suitable as a border of low-growing asters, petunias, ageratum, alyssum, verbena, begonia Vale of eternal blossoms, purslane, nasturtium.

Another fairly simple option that does not require much maintenance, to planting a border daisies or viola (pansies). These flowers are biennial, but because they are after flowering sow space the seeds, which germinate, bloom the following year, it seems that planted perennials. Care the minimum necessary to weed, thin out the planting, loosen the earth.

Recent times common border plant became a decorative cabbage. Curly bushes look very impressive. Another cute framed flower garden can become cineraria. She attracts unusual silver color carved leaf.

Species of dwarf plants, suitable for borders, very much. The main thing is to think about colors. It is important that the lush blooming happy all summer, but it would not be excessive variegation, which is tiring.