Gardening Tips
Make your borders beautiful! Tips and advice from Tom Brown, head gardener at West Dean Gardens in Sussex. How to create lush, colourful borders without it turning into a mess.

West Dean Gardens are beautifully restored historic gardens with exciting and innovative planting. Open to the public for most of the year:

0:00 Welcome
1:50 Head gardener and garden writer Tom Brown
1:52 What is the starting point for creating a border?
5:18 What percentage of a border should be perennials or annuals?
6:12 How many different varieties of plants should you have in a border to make it look lush, but not messy?
7:48 What plants mingle together well without turning into a mess
9:12 What is a good succession of plants for colour throughout the year?
10:06 List of plants to give you a succession of ‘fireworks’ in the garden
11:24 How deep should a flower border be?
11:57 How deep should flower borders be in a narrow garden?
12:59 How to plant a plant
14:55 Do we have to keep to the spacing between plants recommended on the label?
15:39 How to create natural patterns or drifts without it looking messy?
16:40 How can amateur gardeners get full, colourful borders like the ones you see in professionally run gardens? Is there one really good tip?
17:24 The best tip is to mulch. That means putting a layer (5-10cm/2-3 inches) of garden compost, mushroom compost or soil improver on your soil once a year.
17:58 Tips on staking plants

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