Aaaah, spring or summer (or perhaps winter, depending on where you are…), floral borders are a part of any landscape, or certainly garden! Perhaps you’re first thought is of the well-documented bountiful borders of the English countryside; many so long and deep that nothing else is needed. But these images below should open your eyes and inspire your imagination. They did mine!
Truly, there is nothing more delicious than a “border” in full plumage, with the majority of plantings designed to bloom at about the same time. The Wow! effect is instant and breathtaking; whether it be a wildly cacophonous mix of colors…
or a slightly monochromatic concept (ie. shades of blues, purples, and pink).
Or the “in-betweens” that run the gamut. Very effectively, a specific garden with borders can be introduced to an otherwise open lawn space (most often closer to the house for ease of viewing) formalized here with borders that rely on green clipped hedgings to contain the beds.
A scheme rendered even more dramatic, and effective, when a wooden lattice backdrop is introduced.
Another border style can take advantage of, and play off, an architectural detail (in this case, the half moon window in the recessed portion of the brick wall) to create an effective visual that certainly adds greatly to this walk. And note how the lattice and urn on brick plinth pairing is also used outside this contained border to act as the feature image at the head of another path in the far distance.
Another window rendered more enchanting with a border specifically used to finish off the vignette. How clever is this vine encircling the round window?
Borders also can act as a “frontispiece,” serving a purpose in drawing one’s attention to another horticultural feature or another part of the property.
Oftentimes, we may not realize that we’re looking at “borders.” Here, the formal entrance to an estate has the to-be-expected clipped boxwood, etc. plantings, but my eye goes immediately to the red berberis clipped hedging fronted by iris in the same color tones; with the iris’s sword-like leaves adding gravitas to the scene.
Borders are understandably popular for softening a geometric garden plan; the terrace portion of this image reminds us that pots are a handy means to enhance or enlarge a border (and they can be changed in an instant).
Summer is now! Hope you’ve been inspired to consider a little tweak that you’ve picked up here…
All images credit, Scott Shigley Photography.