The Border Garden

by: Marianne R. Stanton

photography by: Chris Tran

Sitting on my back porch the first week of July and looking across the lawn at the border garden where feathery purple catmint is the backdrop for golden Stella d’Oro lilies and the yellow fronds of lady’s mantle that hide the pedestal of the birdbath, I know that a month from now I will be viewing an entirely different landscape in the garden.

The challenge of the midsummer border is to keep it as interesting in the tired days of August as it is in July, when the natural world is still fresh and new. A lot of late summer’s garden success comes down to choosing plants that will flourish later in the season, that, in July, give you absolutely no hint of what their appearance will be when they are in full bloom.

It is helpful to consult carefully with garden catalogs and, more importantly, local experts. I often turn to Abby Slosek at Moors End Farm for advice on what will work where in the garden. She hasn’t steered me wrong yet, especially in choosing plants the deer will ignore.

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