A lush outdoor border

Create a mini-biotope
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This season, we are bringing the outside in as much as possible. And when we're outside? Then of course we make the most of that real outdoor feeling! Give love to everything that grows and see the garden as a small biotope, where plants and animals live in harmony with each other. 

Want to know how to adopt to this green mindset? An outdoor border brings more green into your garden. It's a perfect way to let many different types of plants shine and to create a peaceful environment. Want to enjoy the peace and quiet to the full? Then create a seat in the border, as shown in the photo below. Put your phone away, enjoy the fresh air...there's nothing more to do!

outdoor border | thejoyofplants.co.uk

Which plants you choose for your outdoor border is of course entirely up to you. For the border in the photo above, we used the following plants:

  • Fern
  • Papyrus (ornamental grass)
  • Helleborus
  • Pinus
  • Ophiogogon planiscapens niger (ornamental grass, also called black snakebeard)
  • Hypernicum
  • Nandina
  • Moss plant

Tips for an outdoor border

  • When choosing your plants, consider companion planting. By combining the right plants with each other, you can raise the quality of your border to a higher level and ensure that the plants are able to grow and bloom optimally.
  • When choosing your plants, take into account the location of your border. Ornamental grasses such as Papyrus and Black Snakebeard, for example, can tolerate the fierce sun, but ferns fare much better in the shade. Click here for more sun worshippers. For a shaded border, consider plants such as anemones and Clematis.
  • Make sure the border stays green all year round. In any case, choose a number of plants which will remain green all year round (such as Helleborus and Pinus), and alternate flowering seasons. That way, you can enjoy a green border all year round! 
  • Of course, you want to be able to enjoy your green border indoors too. So place your border in a strategic position so that you can look at it through a window or door. Green energy and a relaxed feeling guaranteed! 

Green inspiration

We'd love to see your outdoor border! Share it with us on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #thejoyofplants and #balancedbiotope. Would you like to have a green oasis indoors as well? Check out how to create an indoor border here, or check out the lookbook and get inspired by this season's trends.