Before & After: Plant Paradise Border

before and after perrenial garden border install

Bare patch of dirt to glorious overflowing flowers is such a classic perfect garden makeover.  Is this not what most every gardener dreams of achieving?  Lorraine at Plant Paradise country Gardens in Ontario, Canada and her nursery team put together this beautiful blue border.

before and after perrenial garden border install

Plant Paradise is in zone 5 (just like me!) and I find endless encouragement in their ability to create such a lush and full border.  I think I need to get my hands on some of those icy blue Delphinium!

before and after perennial garden border install

before and after perennial garden border install

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Andrew at Garden Smackdown on January 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Gorgeous! I wish my Persicaria polymorpha were this happy.

  2. Lorraine Roberts on January 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Thank you Rochelle for including our before and after photos of one of the many gardens at Plant Paradise. We have heavy clay soil in these beds and they were thoroughly amended before planting. The hardy Delphinium elatums (Zone 3) we grow from seed. We purchase the New Millennium variety of Delphinium elatums from the New Zealand hybridizer, Terry Dowdeswell.

  3. allanbecker-gardenguru on January 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for sharing these pictures. They are sublime. We appreciate them because flower borders are not easy to photograph and even harder to find online.

  4. andrew on January 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    guess they don’t have deer
    deer just love juicy delphinium’s
    Garden looks amazing

  5. Lorraine Roberts on February 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    We actually have herds of deer on our 24 acre country property, but we use either Plantskydd or Bobbex to stop the deer from eating any of the plants in our perennial display gardens.
    We spray early spring on the tulips and then twice more through the growing season on other plants.
    This keeps them at a distance and away from our prized gardens.
    We never have any destruction from deer when we use these products.
    Hope this helps.

  6. lauren on April 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hi there, just wondering when the after picture was taken, same season? following season? Beautiful garden!

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