Create a New Garden Border

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

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Planting Above the Soil Level

Some plants perform best when planted slightly above the surrounding soil level. These include irises, whose rhizomes will rot if buried, and other plants sensitive to wet soils, including iris, verbascum, Sisyrinchium, sedum and other hardy succulents. Plant iris 1 inch above the surface, leaving iris rhizomes exposed; for other plants, raise the soil in a mound around the rootball, so that water drains off.

Iris Rhizomes Above Soil LevelEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Deep Planting

Moisture-loving plants often prefer to be planted more deeply in the soil, so that their roots aren't exposed to the drier conditions near the surface. Plant hostas with their roots 1 inch below the surface, and bury Solomon's seal (Polygonatum) at a depth of 4 inches.

Plant Moisture Loving Plants DeepEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
12345Next »

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

We Recommend...

Create a Stunning Herb Container Garden

Create a Stunning Herb Container Garden

Make it easy to snip a handful of fresh herbs while you're cooking — keep this fragrant herb garden on the deck or patio.

How to Create a Carnivorous Garden

How to Create a Carnivorous Garden

Create a miniature bog garden that's sure to subtract a few insects and entertain the kids. They will love delivering snacks to...

Create a Kitchen Garden Basket

Create a Kitchen Garden Basket

Have herbs and vegetables at your fingertips with this easy-to-create mini kitchen garden.

Advertisement

HGTV Outdoors Newsletter

Find out how to make the most of patios, decks and all your outdoor areas, plus tips from master gardeners for beautiful flower beds and bountiful vegetable gardens.