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A mixed border is just that,one that has some shrubs,a few climbers ,roses annuals and bulbs all growing together.
Many modern gardens are small and it just is not possible to have seperate beds and borders for annuals , perennials shrubs and roses.
The answer is plant mixed borders.
The big advantage is that you can plan to have something of interest for each month of the year. The effect is a natural informal easycare garden.