Border Plants

Gardening
2:55 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

From the Garden Gate: More for the Border

Credit SEWilco, Wikimedia Commons

This week's From the Garden Gate topic revisits an earlier one, about recommendations for the border of your yard. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.

Well, here I am, still on the topic of tall plants. Over the years of arranging and rearranging plants and a whole lot of trial and error, I’ve grown fonder of lots of these large plants as the backbone, and even middle ground, of the border.  As my own garden matures, and the beds continue to fill in, these plants serve as a backdrop to set off the shorter flowers in the front.  

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Environment
12:39 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

From the Garden Gate: Back of the Border Plants

Tansy, aka Mugwort... a real "mug"
Credit Wikimedia Commons

This week's "From the Garden Gate" is all about back of the border plants. Murray resident Roy Helton divides his time between teaching in the English Department at Murray State University and indulging his passion for gardening.

Just as a stage play has a backdrop to frame and showcase what’s happening out front, a garden border needs a backdrop as well.  In some respects that shouldn’t be too hard a problem to solve.  I mean, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of tall plants out there in the world.  And since finding tall plants is not, as they say, exactly rocket science, I thought I would confine myself to mentioning a few of the plants that I have found useful and successful in my own garden borders.

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