What is border in a box?

It’s a series of ready-made, professionally designed garden border template kits.

For anyone who’s new to gardening, you’ll have the confidence to buy the right plants and know where to put them – giving you a beautiful border in less than a day.

Why buy a ready-made border?

So, you’ve been wanting to sort the garden out – thinking it’s easy. Just pop to the garden centre and pick up some plants. What’s so difficult about that? That’s what I thought! I had no clue about gardening but I wanted a pretty space.

Not sure how to:

  • Create a garden without a designer
  • Choose plants without a lot of research
  • Make a pretty space on a budget
  • Pronounce the plant names?!
  • Create the WOW factor
  • Take care of them

The solution:

  • Follow a ready-made garden design plan you can complete in less than a day
  • A shopping list of plants to buy  and quantities which you can take to the garden centre or buy online
  • A kit that has a simple diagram showing you what plant goes where
  • Know which plants look good together and that will thrive in your garden
  • Simple tips to maintain your plants
  • The option to buy the plants you like and maturity level (juvenile plants make the budget go further!)

cottage garden box contents

What’s in the Box?

Each design measures 3m x 1m. Though you can easily adapt them to fit small spaces or raised beds – or use multiple boxes for a large and cohesive garden.

Here’s what you’ll get:

    • A garden border design template of what to plant where
    • A mood board showing how the plants look together
    • A plant list with photos, flowering times and general care
    • Advice on how to prepare the border for your new plants
    • Top tips on how to add further interest to your border
    • Two packets of seeds to scatter in between plants which will flower from spring to autumn

You’ll save oodles of time and effort while creating magical garden borders. I feel it’s important for everyone to have a gorgeous garden to unwind in and have a BBQ with friends. Plus we need to nurture our birds, butterflies and bees!

Which Box should I choose?

The 8 boxes are all designed to include year-round colour, texture and height. The kits work in normal/loam soil with sun or partial sun – apart from the Clay and Shady options which have their own instructions.

Each box will give you a professionally-designed border that’s low maintenance and will survive longer than a few months – as they’re the right plants for the right places.

Let’s have a look at each design…

planting plan example

Butterflies & Bees

butterlies and bees mini mood board

A lovely gift and helps our butterflies and bees too with flowers all year long to support our winter bees. Suitable for a normal loam soil in a sunny or part sunny border.  All plants have been approved by the RHS as suitable for pollinators. The flower colour in this design are shades of mauves/pinks and creams. This is not a wildflower garden.

English Cottage Garden Border

cottage garden design kit

This pretty border contains traditional favourites such as Lavender and Roses and is suitable for a sunny or part sunny border with a normal loam soil.

Sunny Garden Border

Sunny garden mini mood board

This border could easily be combined with the Cottage Garden version and is suitable for a sunny or part shade border with a normal loam soil. This is similar to the Cottage Garden Design but doesn’t include Roses as not everyone is a fan of thorns.


Evergreen Border in a Box

This border is predominantly evergreen which means the plants keep their leaves all year round and is suitable for a sunny or part shade border with a normal loam soil. I have created lots of texture using different leaf shapes and colour. Just add some seasonal bulbs (I’ve created a free chart – just ask) to add further year round interest.


shade loving plants

This lovely collection of plants is suitable for a shady or part shady border, (but not deep shade ie under a dense tree) with a normal loam soil.


contemporary garden design

This is great for the front garden and can be planted in pots/containers as well as in the border. Suitable for sunny or part shade borders.


clay soil plants

Perfect for a clay or loam/normal soil, and will thrive in part shade. I’ve designed this border so if you get fed up with digging in clay, you could create a raised bed and the plants in this design can be used in there too!

Wellbeing & Mindfullness

wellbeing garden design kit

This garden design is based upon the show garden border I created at BBC Gardeners’ World Live which won Platinum and Best Border. It is designed as a sensory garden, so some of the plants are edible, have amazing scent, look gorgeous together and are loved by pollinators too.

Client testimonials

Client in Worcestershire

I first made contact with Nikki after reading her monthly article in the Pershore Times. I was looking for advice on how to improve the borders in my cottage garden. Nikki came to view the garden and listened to my thoughts on how i’d like the garden to look. Nikki then went away and came up with planting suggestions and when I’d agreed she arranged to purchase them and place them in the appropriate locations in the borders. The result has been great and really looking forward to seeing the borders evolve over the spring period. Very happy with Nikki’s approach and would thoroughly recommend her for anyone looking to improve their garden.

Tony, Worcestershire

Client from Amazon

My Border in a Box has just arrived and it looks fab. For a novice gardener like myself, it couldn’t be more clearly laid out. The plan shows exactly which plants to plant and where to plant them i.e. back of border etc. The plant list gives a clear overview of each plant explaining the variety, the flowering time and the plant care, together with a picture of it in bloom. The packaging is beautiful and would make a wonderful gift for someone. I can’t wait to get started.

Helen, Worcestershire

Client from Amazon

This lady purchased a Shady Border in a Box – she said
“Wow, Nikki – what a great product. I have already submitted a review to Amazon.co.uk” and went on to say…
“My husband and I found it a very easy and satisfying experience to have the list of plants, which took away all the guess work, and made it so much more fun knowing it was all going to look great in the end. We are really thrilled that for a minimal outlay we have such a lovely design, so thanks so much!”

Leanne, Switzerland

Online purchase

” I ordered a border in a box design from the website with was delivered very quickly. The content in the box was very good and clear to understand, but I wasn’t too sure about one of the plants in the design. I actually was going to send it back, but Nikki did a fantastic job in showing me different varieties and alternatives, and how this could work for my border. Absolutely brilliant! Next time I need help with a border I know who to contact”

Hans, Norfolk

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