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Best plants for narrow borders - and how to get the most out of them

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Quick tip In narrow borders improve soil at the base of walls and limit the number of different plants used  Credit: MMGI / Marianne Majerus

Although best avoided or replaced, narrow borders often have to be coped with.

Frequently backed by fences or walls or bounded by paths, the resulting aridity, shade and hard appearance offer challenging planting opportunities.  

Here's the Royal Horicultural Society's (RHS) seven top tips for making the most of narrow borders - including some suggestions on what to plant for year round interest.

1. Where a root run is limited, improve soil with organic matter and fertiliser, especially near walls where the soil tends to be alkaline, dry and infertile.  

2. Where a border faces south with a fence or wall backing, go with the bright dry environment, and enhance light with a pale gravel covering...

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