It’s all well and good to have a beautiful lawn, but it’s also nice to have some spots of interest in several places along your foundation and out in the yard. Yes, I know, the person mowing the grass will probably complain about beds in the middle of the lawn, but consider how pleasant it will be looking out your windows and seeing the flowers and shrubs in bloom.
The picture above shows a circle I built in my landscape. Of course, I got rid of all the grass because I hate mowing, so this is a circle within a circle. The outer circle, seen in the background here, is a ring of Hostas and Astilbe since this area is shaded most of the day by redbud trees along the property line. This yard is in the city and fairly small, but you can incorporate these practices anywhere.
In the middle of the circle is a Nandina shrub, still in its first year, but it will grow to about 8 ft tall and 4 ft wide if I let it. However, since there isn’t that much space here, I will keep it pruned to fit the space. Other shrubs that would work are Spirea and Weigelia.
To the right and left of the Nandina are Stella de Oro daylilies getting ready to bloom. Stellas are great because they keep on blooming most of the season. As the name implies – daylilly – each bloom lasts only a day then dies and drops off. Daylilly flowers are edible. There are hundreds of kinds of daylilies.
In front of the Nandina is a hardy geranium (cranesbill). This is different from the potted geraniums that only last one season. This one is perennial and comes back year after year. It comes in many colors, but Johnson’s Blue is probably the most popular.
Heuchera Coral Bells
On either side of the geranium are two Coral Bells – Purple Palace – and again, heuchera comes in many colors. While they do put out tiny flowers on thin stems, they are best known for their colorful foliage. They like shade, but can tolerate some morning sun.
Behind the Nandina is a Hosta – name unknown – but it will get about as high and wide as the geranium up front. Hostas recede into the earth in the winter and you won’t see them again until the spring when little curled up shoots will peek out of the soil. This plant is almost care free. They put out flowers at the tips of sleek, slim stems and look quite messy. I like them mostly for the leaves, so those pesky flowers get cut back after a couple of weeks. A variety of different leafed hostas in a landscape looks wonderful, or you can use all of one kind.
Yep, I still need to pull some weeds and mulch!