5 Best Border Plants You Can Grow in Your Landscape Garden

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Filling your landscape garden with beautiful flowers and herbs is one way of making your homestead beautiful and green. But how about adding icing to the cake by introducing border plants? Border plants are an ideal finishing touch that will make your landscape garden look and feel complete. Besides, you can use border plants to beautify your driveway or sidewalk. Here are 5 of the best plants you can use as borders in your landscape.

Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)

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The Autumn fern is a semi-green perennial plant that thrives well in the shade. You can plant it next to a patio or pathway, where it can serve as a living mulch to reduce soil erosion and weed growth. The leaves are often coppery-pink when the plant is tender but change to deep green as the plant matures.

The best time to plant this border is in early spring. And it Prefers moist but well-drained soil. It can grow to about 24 inches tall and spread between 12 and 18 inches wide. And the leaves persist well into winter. Its level of maintenance is low.


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This is a twining vine that can form beautiful borders and fill your landscape garden with a lovely perfume. The honeysuckles can climb up a fence or trellis and provide privacy in the landscape garden.

The best time to plant this border is during spring, on well-draining soil, and in partial shade. It will grow to about 15 feet high and spread between 12 inches and 24 inches wide. Its level of maintenance is low to medium.

‘Fanfare’ Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia)

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The blanket flower is a hardy perennial that thrives well in full sun. You can plant it in borders, where it will attract butterflies and bees. Besides showing the edges of your garden, this flower will make your green garden bloom on the borders, thanks to its long blooming period. You can boost its flowering period through diligent deadheading.  

The best time to plant this border is in spring. And it Prefers well-drained soil. It will grow up to 18 inches tall and spread between 18 and 24 inches wide. Blanket flowers are drought resistant and are easy to maintain.

Dwarf Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’)

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The dwarf fountain grass is a perennial that forms beautiful borders in the landscape garden. It has ornamental foliage and grows well in full sun.

This warm-season grass grows 24 to 36 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Its fine green leaves sway when there is a gentle breeze as it bears pink “foxtail” flowers in late summer and early fall. The best time to plant this clump-forming border plant is late winter or early spring.


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The lavender is a blooming herb that is related to the mint family. It is among the best selections for narrow border plants for various reasons;

  • Smells nice
  • Has health benefits
  • When the stalks are dry, you can use them as gifts

Lavender thrives in low moderate-fertile soil with good draining and full sun. You can make them a shade during the hot summer afternoons. It grows to 20 to 24 inches high and in width. It is among the best border plants for any garden.


Adding beautiful borders to your landscape garden is a great way to enhance its appearance. Any of the above border plants are perfect for most landscape gardens. However, you must ensure your selection complements your garden space.

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