Plant an Annuals Border

Everything looks better when it’s framed, whether it’s a picture or a garden path. Try low-growing, beautiful annual flowers for colorful boundaries between the garden and the lawn or pathway.

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1. With a hoe or cultivator, loosen the soil before planting. This makes it easier for you to plant and gives your freshly planted annual flowers a stronger start.

2. Set plants along the front of the path. Space them the correct distance apart according to your plant species. Water well.

Wishbone flower

3. A few weeks later, the plants will have filled in the empty space. Wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri), shown in the photos, makes a charming edging for shady beds and borders.

Some of our favorite annauls for edging and borders include:

  • Begonia
  • California poppy
  • Creeping zinnia
  • Cuphea
  • Diascia
  • Dichondra
  • Evolvulus
  • Impatiens
  • Lantana
  • Nierembergia
  • Parsley
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Verbena