It’s easy to forget about perennials. They grow quite happily year after year without much help from you. But after a few years they get too big and overcrowded – time to divide the plant. What does that mean? Dividing perennials

How to divide perennial plants and split oversize shrubs

It’s easy to forget about perennials. They grow quite happily year after year without much help from you. But after a few years they get too big and overcrowded – time to divide the plant. What does that mean? Dividing perennials

Herbaceous border at Oxford University. Pic credit: Timothy Walker

Herbaceous border at Oxford University. Pic credit: Timothy Walker

Full, bright border with contrasting colours

How to Create a Herbaceous Border on a Budget

Full, bright border with contrasting colours

You can have a colourful garden with flowers blooming all year round – just use our simple guide!

You can have a colourful garden with flowers blooming all year round – just use our simple guide!

Stunning colourful garden border

How to Create a Herbaceous Border on a Budget

Stunning colourful garden border

Delicate blooms in pink, white, and purple nearly cover the antique urn in this English garden at Wollerton Old Hall. Photo by Clive Nichols Garden Photography.

How to: plant a herbaceous perennial border

Delicate blooms in pink, white, and purple nearly cover the antique urn in this English garden at Wollerton Old Hall. Photo by Clive Nichols Garden Photography.

Perennial growing height is important. Taller plants for the back of the border include Lillies, Acanthus, Delphiniums, Lavatera (Tree Mallow), Echinops (Globe Thistle) and Red Hot Pokers. Hollyhocks and Foxgloves give a real cottage garden look to your borders.

How to: plant a herbaceous perennial border

Perennial growing height is important. Taller plants for the back of the border include Lillies, Acanthus, Delphiniums, Lavatera (Tree Mallow), Echinops (Globe Thistle) and Red Hot Pokers. Hollyhocks and Foxgloves give a real cottage garden look to your borders.

Herbaceous Border: Easy herbaceous border to the sandy soil and full sun .... also withstands wind

Herbaceous Border: Easy herbaceous border to the sandy soil and full sun .... also withstands wind

Verbena and Cosmos. Verbena bonariensis, flowering season August-October. Likes the sun.

Verbena and Cosmos. Verbena bonariensis, flowering season August-October. Likes the sun.

Herbaceous border with pink, blue and white colour scheme. Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica, Clematis recta, Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant', Delphiniums, Veronica spictum, Magnolia x loebneri.

Herbaceous border with pink, blue and white colour scheme. Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica, Clematis recta, Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant', Delphiniums, Veronica spictum, Magnolia x loebneri.

Dwarf cultivars & shorter Plant combinations for cold hardy gardens from a Netherlands site, Almost all are grown in the US as well.  Use the Latin names & look them up.

Dwarf cultivars & shorter Plant combinations for cold hardy gardens from a Netherlands site, Almost all are grown in the US as well. Use the Latin names & look them up.

Creating stunning borders is the highlight of having a garden. Seeing them in full bloom is what makes the hours of

Top 10 self-seeding plants for a fuss-free cottage garden

Creating stunning borders is the highlight of having a garden. Seeing them in full bloom is what makes the hours of

Veronicastrum virginicum album. A couple of clumps of this at the back of the border would be dramatic. There is also a purple one….

Veronicastrum virginicum album. A couple of clumps of this at the back of the border would be dramatic. There is also a purple one….

Blue & chartreuse border with Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' (cat mint), Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle), Astrantia major, Delphinium, Lupinus 'Russell Hybrids', Aconitum, Hostas - High Glanau Manor, Monmouthshire, Wales.

Blue & chartreuse border with Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' (cat mint), Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle), Astrantia major, Delphinium, Lupinus 'Russell Hybrids', Aconitum, Hostas - High Glanau Manor, Monmouthshire, Wales.

GAP Photos - Garden & Plant Picture Library - Herbaceous border, backed by a Taxus - Yew hedge planted in the 19th Century. Between the beds are Yew finials designed by Rowland Egerton-Warburton and planted in 1856 - Arley Hall and gardens, early July - GAP Photos - Specialising in horticultural photography

GAP Photos - Garden & Plant Picture Library - Herbaceous border, backed by a Taxus - Yew hedge planted in the 19th Century. Between the beds are Yew finials designed by Rowland Egerton-Warburton and planted in 1856 - Arley Hall and gardens, early July - GAP Photos - Specialising in horticultural photography

Herbaceous borders in the walled kitchen garden include deep red Paeonia, upright Sisyrinchium striatum, tall yellow Asphodeline lutea and pale yellow Hemerocallis - Day Lilies. Edmondsham House,  Dorset, UK

Herbaceous borders in the walled kitchen garden include deep red Paeonia, upright Sisyrinchium striatum, tall yellow Asphodeline lutea and pale yellow Hemerocallis - Day Lilies. Edmondsham House, Dorset, UK

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