Create discounts correctly - tips and tricks

Create discounts correctly - tips and tricks

What is a discount anyway?

A long and rather narrow bed, which is used to border lawns, for example, is called a border. The old Dutch “rabat” means “dress hem” and has French origins. Some also speak of discounts in the front yard and mean the beds along the way to the front door.

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What is meant by alternate planting?

Borders are often designed with alternating plants. They are replanted at least in spring and summer, and often again for autumn. Care is then mostly limited to watering and plucking weeds. The advantage is that you have a lush flowering bed at all times. On the other hand, the frequent plantings are disadvantageous.

In autumn, prepare the borders for spring by putting in flower bulbs. Snowdrops, winterlings and crocuses show up in late winter and add a little color to the garden. This is followed later by hyacinths, tulips and daffodils, which they also receive in dwarf form.

Can I also create discounts that are easy to maintain?

In the case of alternating planting, you have to replant the entire border two or three times a year. That is undoubtedly a lot of work. If you plant flowering trees or hardy perennials instead, there is no need to plant, which usually requires regular pruning. Roses, for example, are popular. So that you don't have to constantly remove weeds, you can cover your borders, for example with gravel or bark mulch.

The essentials in brief:

  • in case of alternating planting, replant two to three times a year
  • Tips for spring: horned violets, tulips, forget-me-nots, gold lacquer, pansies, hycinths
  • Tips for summer: mixed summer flowers, dahlias, zinnias, coneflowers, lobelia, cosmea, verbena, sage
  • Tips for autumn: heather, autumn asters, ornamental grasses, ornamental cabbage
  • Tips for winter: ornamental grasses, snowdrops, crocuses, winter lumps


Borders do not offer enough space to bloom profusely all year round. With interesting foliage colors, individual flowering plants and ornamental grasses, they are still never boring.