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How to make a mixborder at the dacha: the choice of location, selection of plants, planting


Mixed flower garden, which has an elongated shape is called mixborders.

This flower garden contains both perennial and annual plants. There are cases when creepers, bushes and even small trees are also included in such a flower garden.

It is very difficult to care for such a flower garden because it includes a fairly large number of different types of plants that need individual care.

Pulling out weeds is also complicated, since different plants grow very densely with each other.

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Unearthly beauty

Mixborder is considered one of the most effective types of flower gardens that exist in the world today.

It looks very beautiful, as the plants have different flowering periods, sizes, height and color.

In order for the flower garden to seem as if it was “made” by nature itself, arbitrary outlines and soft lines should be used.

Good look mixed flower beds in those gardens that have a landscape style.

Rules for the selection and planting of plants

Tall plants should be planted in the background of the flower garden, and in front of them you need to plant flowers and shrubs of medium and low growth.

In the case when the mixborder can be viewed from different angles, the planting pattern looks like this: tall plants are planted in the center, and lower ones are planted around larger ones.

First of all, you need to choose the appropriate place for planting. This is the first and main step towards creating a mixborder with your own hands.

It is recommended to acquire seedlings only after work has been carried out with explication of a flower garden. It is necessary to agree in advance on the location of the flower bed and those plants that the mixed flower garden will contain.

You should also consider such factors as:

  • light level
  • humidity,
  • soil composition
  • wind force
  • many other environmental conditions.

Ideal for mixborder those plants that do not seize the soil aggressively, and if they do not grow quite intensively.

Before buying a plant, you need to clarify the type of root system.

Pictured is a perennial mixborder

This natural factor can spoil the original idea of ​​the composition and, as a result, the mixed border will lose its “marketable” look.

Plant selection

The height of the mixborder is directly dependent on the place where the flower garden will be viewed.

In order for the flower garden to be a single composition, it is necessary to take into account the following conditions: the height of plants that are in the background must be directly proportional to their distance from the person looking at them.

The distance from tall plants to the viewpoint must be equal to or greater than the height of the said plants.

It is not recommended to choose those plants that need special individual care. or have various features of watering and feeding.

This is due to the fact that plants in such a bed grow very closely and it is quite difficult to feed and water them if each of them has different characteristics.

In order to preserve the decorativeness of the mixborder, you need to ensure that the plants are similar to the germination and the way to care for them.

Small Flowers Mixborder

A bit of specifics

Garden flowers are complemented by plants that are composed of leaves of a decorative form. As such plants, you can choose geyhery, ferns, or even hosts.

Each plant that has leaves of decorative form plays a very important role in the design of the flower bed as a whole. These plants are particularly useful when others have faded.

Bulbous plants make a flower garden truly unique. The bulbs are planted between the plants while creating the composition. Bulbs that do not need annual digging are very popular.

As an example, you can use this selection of plants:

  • Crocus and muscari should be placed in the middle row,
  • on average - botanical tulips,
  • and at the last land imperial grouse.

In the same way, you can place those plants that are well "scare" pests. These plants include thyme, marigold, wormwood, nasturtium, cilantro and many.

Ready-made schemes for the implementation of mixborders do it yourself on the photo selection.

We select the color content

When creating a mixborder with your own hands when selecting plants, a very important factor is the color scheme.

Plants should not visually irritate and discord between themselves.. In this regard, you need to take care of the colors of the future flower garden in advance.

Quite often there are cases when the chaotic planting of plants completely ruined the composition, as the flower garden turned into an ill-conceived planting of various plants.

There are such types of mixed flower garden:

  • harmoniously calm
  • tint,
  • contrast,
  • monochrome,
  • motley.

Designers and gardeners who create flower gardens work like painters.

In the video compilation ready mixborders, created by hand from different plants.

How to make a mixborder with your own hands (schemes)

Before you get started, you need to carefully consider the mixborder landing scheme. The most popular are perennial mixborders, so let's take a closer look at the schemes by which you can create them.

Mixborders look very nice in which coniferous plants and shrubs are combined, for example: in the extreme left corner we plant a dwarf fir (you can use a cushion), after it we plant a rhododendron that blooms twice per season (May-June, late August), to the right of rhododendron you can plant phloxes that look good from spring to autumn, next to phloxes you can plant a Byzantine Chistere - the plant blooms all summer and unpretentious in care, in the extreme left corner - again rhododendron, in the front part - phlox and delphinium, the center of such a mixborder can be filled with asters, tulips, astilba, pions.

This does not mean that you can use these combinations exclusively for mixborders; you can create mixborders by combining the plants or vegetables you wish, the main thing is that your creation should suit you.

Features of planting and caring for plants in mixborder: tips and tricks

Of course, the process of creating a mixborder is difficult, but to create a small landing, you need to be able to keep it in proper form. For this, flowers need care before planting, which consists in preparing the soil. Before planting, the soil must be fertilized and, if necessary, add the missing elements (peat, sod / leaf soil / drainage, etc.). Further, an important factor is the choice of a healthy planting material, whether it be seedlings or seeds, their quality should be high.

As for the care, the mixborder first of all needs watering (it is necessary to observe the rate of watering for each plant) and weeding. Weeding - An important procedure in the care of group plantings, because weeds pull nutrients out of the ground.

The next item is trimming: if not all stunted plants need this procedure, then it is necessary for shrubs and tall flowers.

Well, another important procedure - top dressing. Based on what plants you grow, you need to pick them to fertilizer. The most popular are complex liquid fertilizers, which are suitable for almost all types of plants.

As for diseases and pests, it is necessary to carry out preventionsprinkling the mixborder with soapy water, weeding the beds in time and loosening the ground, as well as removing the foliage from under the plants, as it is the source of many diseases, and insects hibernate in it.

Of course, to create a mixborder is not easy, but by spending the effort once, you can get a beautiful site for many years. The main desire.


1. Juniperus Juniperus communis ‘Sentinel’.

2. Physicarpus opulifolius ‘Angel Gold’.

3. MacLea is heart-shaped - Macleaya cordata.

4. Monks spotted - Eupatorium maculatum Atropurpureum ’.

5. Phlox paniculata - Phlox paniculate ‘Nikolay Shchors’.

6. Astrantia major - Astrantia major ‘Claret’.

7. Astilbe hybrid - Astilbe x hybrida ‘Erica’.

8. Veinik acute-flowered - Calamagrostis x acutiflora “Karl Foerster’.

9. Hatma Thuringian - Lavatera thuringiaca.

10. Basil yellow - Thalictrum flavum um Tukker Princess ’.

11. Digitalis mertonensis ‘Summer King’ foxglove strawberry

12. Helenium Hybrid - Helenium x hybridum ‘Waltraut’.

13. Cuff soft - Alchemilla mollis.

14. Daylily hybrid - Hemerocallis x hybrida.

The boundaries of the garden should be closed, hidden, dissolved, so that the “box effect” does not happen. If the fence is a work of art, then you can close a third or half of its area with plants. Well, if the garden is not lucky with the fence, then you have to hide completely.

At the same time, some plants will be coniferous. In winter, they will continue to perform their task. You can use vines. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time on a mixborder near the fence, you should take the non-capricious and high guardsmen to the border guards.

One of these plants - Makleya. Large cut bluish leaves when the wind shows light inside, small flowers, collected in the sultans, rise to a height of 2.5 meters. It makes sense to preliminarily limit the root system in order not to thin out the flower garden every year from a makleya who is confident in its irresistible nature.

Very interesting in high compositions is the yellow basil, a stately giant with decorative gray-green foliage and magnificent caps of fluffy yellow flowers. Just in case from the wind and rain, you can support the handsome strong neighbors.

The Tender is the undoubted hero of our novel. Sort ‘Atropurpureum’ - one of the highest, under 2 meters.

Convenient veinik ‘Karl Foerster’, tall, persistent and non-aggressive. His panicles appear in June and remain decorative even in winter. Hagma habitual to look - the real find, more unpretentious plant is difficult for finding.

His delicate pink flowers will decorate the composition from June to frost. There are high varieties of helenium and astilbe, except for them, for seasonal flowering you can plant strawberry florper, phlox and daylily. We define a cuff in the tamping - it will be in harmony with makleya in the form of a leaf and with a basilist in color.