These beautiful border plants can bloom with bright flowers and textures throughout the entire growing season.The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

When planting a mixed border garden, there are many great plant varieties to choose from. The simplest (and usually most economical) choice to plant in your border garden is cold resistant perennial plants and fast-growing annual plants. However, mixing and matching these plants to make them look like a whole may be daunting. The annual and perennial plants in the following list are excellent border garden plants because they look great together. In addition, they have low maintenance costs, similar growth requirements, and provide sufficient color throughout the entire growing season.


Angelonia is also known as the "summer goldfish grass", although it is not related to the true goldfish grass. This annual plant is drought resistant and thrives in hot weather, flowering throughout the summer. To feel cool in a hot garden, you can try "Angellist Dark Plum" or "Archangel Dark Purple", both of which have beautiful purple flowers. These plants are about one foot tall. Plant them in several plants to achieve the most amazing results.


For the shaded spots in your border garden, astilbe chinensis is a versatile and resilient perennial plant that works best in a little shade. This 2-foot tall plant has fern leaves and showy summer flowers in pink, purple, and white. For example, Visions have beautiful pink flowers. If you want to do something behind the border garden, the 'Purple Candle' will reach a height of approximately 4 feet when upright bright purple flowers bloom. Astilbe is cold resistant in zones 4-9.


Caladium offers stunning leaves that complement the colorful flowers around it. Some varieties can be exposed to the sun, while others prefer shaded areas, so it is important to choose accordingly. In spring, as the temperature warms and the danger of frost has passed, plant caladium outdoors. In cold winter regions, you can treat gourds as annual plants, or transplant them into flower pots in autumn and bring them indoors for indoor plant bed

Peristaltic Phlox

The prostrate Phlox vulga, also known as the moss Phlox vulga, overflows rocks and blooms piles of bright purple flowers. It is an easy to maintain perennial plant in front of the border garden because it grows slowly and blooms in late spring. In zones 3-9, cold resistant creeping oleander prefers sunny areas.


Dahlias come in various sizes, shapes, and colors, and many varieties are beautiful border plants. For example, 'Hypnotic Orange' is about a foot tall with bright orange flowers and is a striking plant in front of your border garden. Frequent withering and sufficient moisture will keep them in their optimal state throughout the entire growing season. Dahlia is usually hardy in zones 9-11.

Sheep ear

Due to the shape and texture of the leaves, this slowly spreading perennial ground cover plant is commonly referred to as Stachys byzantina, adding a touch of silver to the border garden. Plant it in a sunny and cool place, and once the plant is mature, do not overwater it. Flower stems can be left in the seeds, helping to fill exposed spots over time. This plant is cold tolerant in zones 4-8.


Verbena is a favorite of summer because it has bright purple, red, pink, and white flowers. This plant has excellent flowering ability throughout the season, attracting various pollinating insects along the way. Its low stem makes it an excellent choice for your border garden. Planting in sunny conditions and providing a good drainage system for optimal performance.

Echinacea purpurea

The local echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) can become a beautiful border garden plant and a magnet for pollinating insects. Some new varieties, such as' Powwow Wild Berry ', have extended flowering time and will bloom in clusters of short and plump purple flowers throughout the summer. Planting cone-shaped flowers in any type of soil with sufficient sunlight. Deadheads bloom in the early stages of the season to extend their flowering time, and then stay on the plants in the later stages of the season to provide food for autumn birds. Zone 3-9

Conical hydrangea flower

Conical hydrangea is an easy to maintain shrub that can help secure the back of border gardens. A popular variety is the "Vanilla Strawberry" hydrangea, which is about 6-7 feet tall and has white flowers that turn pink. For smaller spaces, 'Strawberry Milk Shake' is another option, up to 5 feet tall. The off white flowers gradually turn pink, creating a beautiful dual tone effect. These deciduous shrubs grow best in areas 4-9 that are cold resistant, under conditions of sufficient sunlight to partial shade. Provide sufficient water during the hottest season of summer.


Overall, sage is drought resistant, almost immune to rabbits and deer, and attractive to various pollinating insects, making it worth placing in border gardens. Although they have several warm hues, many sage grasses are perfect for adding a touch of cool color. For example, the classic "Victoria Blue" and "Sallyfun Blue" in the Better Homes&Gardens collection are simple care choices for purple and blue flowers, respectively. They perform best in sufficient sunlight and moderate bed

Black-eyed susan

When it comes to Rudbeckia fulgida, one of the most popular varieties is "Goldsturm" because it has rich yellow flowers, neat habits, and drought resistance. Other varieties offer different colors and sizes. Flowers can wither or stay on plants to provide food for wild birds. This perennial plant is cold tolerant in zones 3-9. Planting in sunny conditions for optimal health and flower production.

Stone crops

Shishoucao (also known as sedge) is another classic garden plant, especially "Happy Autumn". This variety is an excellent choice to add late season colors to your border garden. In areas with ample to partially abundant sunlight, 'Autumn Joy' can bloom in late summer with minimal care, transitioning from a bright pink to a soft bronze color in autumn. Leave a complete flower head for winter use. This perennial plant is cold tolerant in the 3-10 zone.

April 25, 2023

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