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Herbaceous Borders

By December 2, 2019July 2nd, 2021No Comments

Our Top Tips for Herbaceous Borders

Planting a Herbaceous Border

A good herbaceous border is well worth planning properly to make sure you are happy with it as it matures over the years. Taller plant varieties look stunning at the back of the display although we think it’s nice to add interest with a smattering of height throughout.

Good soil preparations are the key to success

  • Fork over your plot removing weeds and any large stones.
  • Spread a few bags of compost and turn it into the soil to increase nutrients.
  • Dig a hole for each plant that is twice the size of the root ball and deep enough, add some compost and a handful of bonemeal.
  • Remove the low branches of any trees to give the plants enough light.


  • Leave 30cm between each plant to give them enough space to flower well and continue to flourish in future years.
  • Water in well and mulch with fine bark to retain moisture, suppress weeds and offer the plants some protection from the cold.


Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering, unless you specifically want the seed heads.

Design Tip:

Prior to planting, set the plants out in the border while still in their pots to make sure you are happy with their positioning.

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