Create a New Garden Border

Plant a bed of mixed perennials for a colorful, easy-care garden.

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Enrich the Soil

Whatever your soil type, it will benefit from an application of well-rotted organic matter, such as manure or garden compost. Either use the "single-digging" method, or dig in organic matter by spreading a 3-inch layer over the border and mixing it into the top 6 inches of soil. Rake the surface smooth.

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Position the Plants

Make sure you buy plants that suit your site and soil conditions and the style you wish to create. This free-draining, sunny site suits a prairie-style design. Set out your plants in their pots and step back to see how the arrangement looks.

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Water Plants Well

Check that tall plants won't shade the smaller ones, and position the perennials in groups of three or more. Water them well before planting, either with a watering can or by plunging the pots in a bucket of water, waiting for the bubbles to disperse, and then removing the plants to drain.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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