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Beds & Borders: The Mix & Match Guide to Beautiful Planting


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Simon Maughan
Ivy Press
Beds & Borders: The Mix & Match Guide to Beautiful Planting by Simon Maughan


Beautiful and varied beds and borders are the backbone of a successful garden and in today's modern plots, they're no longer rigidly planted and trimmed into neat rows: the twenty-first century's borders are, instead, planned with an eye to being green, wildlife-friendly, and gorgeously and appealingly dishevelled. Not only that, but they need to offer year-round colour and interest, and be reasonably easy to maintain, too. So what's a busy gardener to do? Its simple. Pick up Beds & Borders, and flick through the mix-and-match split pages. Whatever you're working with sun or shade, a hot or cool color scheme, a bed that's crying out for perennial interest, or a border that you want to attract as much wildlife as possible. A wide-ranging mix of plants divides into strong shrubs and perennials that offer great background and structure; colorful, long-flowering stars for eye-catching effects, and short-but-striking options, many scented, that work best at the front of a border. Match the dots on each entry to ensure a compatible and beguiling mix, and plant up the results: you're guaranteed lovely and harmonious results.