Autumn Landscaping Borders
When to Start: Autumn
At Its Best: Autumn
Time to Complete: 3 hours to prepare; 3 hours to plant
- organic matter, such as well-rotted manure
- 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.
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.
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.