Mixed Border Planting – Ashley Heath

Mixed Border Planting, Ashley Heath

Photo of completed mixed border planting.

My clients asked if I would plan and plant a new border in their garden. The idea being to cut down on the lawn maintenance and create new year round interest. With the help of my asstant colleague we marked out a 2 meter wide, simple curved border in the existing lawn. This worked well giving the garden a sence of more space. The turf was manually cut, then stacked, face down in the corner of the garden. Over time the turf will rote down, making a loamy soil for use later. 

Once the border was prepared it was then time to start thinking about the planting. The clients requested a low maintenance border, giving lots of interest throughout the year with form and structure. The positioning of the border was in an open sunny part of the garden, with protection from cold winds. The soil was typically acidic, sandy loam with an already good structure.

Next it was time to source the plants so I payed a visit to Plant’s forTrade, a local commercial plants nursery, based near West Parley, Ferndown, where they supply an up to date array of interesting quality plants suitable for our local climate. 

The finished plan was a mix of evergreen and deciduous shrubs interplanted with ornamental grasses bringing movement and unity to the finished planting. 


For an autumn border planting please contact me.

Autumn Garden Tidy Up, Ferndown

Autumn Garden Tidy Up, Ferndown

Autumn garden tidy-up Ferndown, Dorset.

After: Ferndown autumn garden tidy-up.

Autumn Tidy-Ups

Autumn is a good time to give the garden a tidy-up so that it looks neat and well tended through the winter months.

Tidying The Borders

Firstly, deciduous shrubs and small trees need to be tidied up and re-shaped. Herbaceous perennials need cutting back and dead leaves removed. We tend to leave stems with seed heads for the birds to feed on during winter.

Mulching with well-rotted manure or compost is a good idea to help protect plants from severe weather and also help to condition the soil for healthy plant growth.

Collecting Autumn Leaves

Fallen leaves on the lawn are best collected up to prevent damaging the grass. Also, pathways and drives are best cleared as wet leaves can become slippery, with the potential to cause an accident.

Leaving leaves around shrubs and trees can act as a mulch. Hiding leaves around the garden, for example under hedges, can provide shelter for overwintering wildlife. Leaves can also be composted to make leaf mould, which when rotted down can be recycled back onto the borders. Leaf mould is a great soil improver.

Lawn Maintenance

Lawns can continue to be trimmed on a high cut if the weather is mild, and edges tidied, helping to set off beds and borders, and keeping things looking neat and tidy. Also, lawn scarification can also continue during mild weather before the cold winter sets in.

Tidy Ponds

It’s a good time to clear any dead foliage in the pond, falling from trees, shrubs or hedges. Any decaying leaves will be harmful to the fish and plants. Also, trim all summer growth and divide any overgrown pond plants.

Plants which are not hardy will need to be protected with a fleece. The pond then needs to be covered using heavy-duty netting. This will help to keep debris away from the water and keep predators away from any fish.

Filters and pumps need to be cleaned and stored away when temperatures go below 10C. Care needs to be taken not to disturb overwintering frogs and toads.

» For help with with tidying your garden please contact me.


Check out the before and after photos of a recent Ferndown autumn garden tidy-up…