Autumn Landscaping Borders

Many borders fade as temperatures dip, but one packed with grasses, late flowers, and plants with strong, distinctive skeletons will solve the problem.
Arching Gracillimus

Arching Gracillimus

A border featuring ornamental grasses will keep your garden interesting in fall.

Photo by: DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide , 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A border featuring ornamental grasses will keep your garden interesting in fall.

When to Start: Autumn
At Its Best: Autumn
Time to Complete: 3 hours to prepare; 3 hours to plant

Materials Needed:

  • organic matter, such as well-rotted manure
  • spade
  • watering can
  • Aster x frikartii
  • Sedum 'Herbstrfuede'
  • Achillea 'Walther Funcke'
  • Miscanthus sinensis
  • feather grass, Stipa tenuissima

Prepare the Site

In autumn, before you plan to start planting, carefully clear the border of all weeds, and then dig it over thoroughly. Incorporate plenty of organic matter as you dig.

Plant Up

In spring, buy plants and plant them in the border. Taller grasses, such as Miscanthus, can go toward the back, with sedums and asters at the front, and loose drifts of Achillea threaded throughout the middle.

Aftercare

Water the plants in thoroughly and apply a mulch of well-rotted organic matter. In spring, the asters and Achillea may require staking. Leave the border to stand as it is over winter, then cut it to the ground in spring.

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