Friendly Neighbour Perennial Border

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Friendly Neighbourhood Perennial Border Design by Kelly Schroeder.


This week’s addition to our Garden Design Vignettes segment promotes team work.  For neighbours who enjoy gardening but would like to share not only the work but the cost, this is a garden idea for you!

Break the monotonous repetition of suburban front lawns by teaming up with your neighbour to produce an amazing splash of colour.   With each of you planting back to back along the property line, a marvelous border garden can be produced.

While you will want to include many of the same varieties on each side for a cohesive look, don’t plant a mirror image.  Rather each neighbor can play with quantities and shapes to suit their own taste.   In addition to the perennials listed, using one or two dwarf conifers makes a great accent point.

The plants listed prefer a bright location and will produce a colourful display from early summer through to frost.


  1. Echinacea ‘Marmalade’
  2. Echinacea ‘Pink Double Delight’
  3. Salvia ‘Caradonna’
  4. Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’ (a.k.a. ‘Sweet Kate’)
  5. Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Blaze’
  6. Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’
  7. Heuchera ‘Obsidian’
  8. Sedum ‘Angelina’


  1. Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot’
  2. Monarda ‘Grand Marshall’
  3. Liatris Floristan Violet
  4. Campanula ‘Blue-eyed Blonde’
  5. Echinacea Sombrero™ Salsa  Red
  6. Lilium ‘Tiny Diary’
  7. Sedum telephium ‘Dark Knight’
  8. Campanula ‘Dickson’s Gold’