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How to Plan a Spring Border
Nature already does a pretty good job of putting on a good show in your garden each spring. Although the whole garden bristles with sap and colour, you still might want to take a hand controlling events and plan a specific spring border. When you plan any planting, think about plant form and foliage colour first. Itís easy to get diverted by flower colour, but for good seasonal effects look at how, when, and where plants deliver colour and interest. Think about plants in terms of their height - aim for interest at each level - tall, middle, low and ground. Even in small gardens, make more impact with seasonal planting by grouping it in borders or areas rather than having it dotted about your garden. This workshop points you at some spring border stars for your garden. If you're planting in spring, the only problem is you'll have to wait a year to appreciate your efforts! The following Workshops may also be helpful: How to plant and stake a tree, How to plant a shrub, How to plant a bulb in earth, How to plant a bulb in grass, How to plant a climber, How to move a tree or shrub, How to plant a container, How to do a container with mixed planting, How to do simple topiary, How to take advantage of microclimates.
you will need
Space in your garden or in a border; spring interest plants of all types; spade; fork; trowel; Optional: bark, cocoa shells or gravel to mulch the area.
Prepare the area. You may want to regroup some existing plants. Move the plants out that produce effects in later seasons. Make a sketch of the effect you are trying to create with your plants. If you need to, move the remaining plants to new positions. Plan your planting.
Start at the back of the border or area and move forward. Plant any climbers, trees and large shrubs first. This will establish a backbone for your new spring border. Water each individual plant as you plant it. Then move on to filling in the spaces with medium size and lower growing plants. Underplant low growing herbaceous plants with groups of spring flowering bulbs. Remember to label these so that you can remember what's where.
When you have finished, water the whole border well. Then add a 5cm layer of decorative bark mulch or cocoa shells to the area. This will really help to show off your spring interest plants to good effect, and suppress annual weeds, which are also springing into life.
Go to the Superstore for some suggestions, or check out the plant database.
Use bulbs and early flowering shrubs and perennials
Bulbs should be planted in autumn
Spring borders have fresh colours
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