The garden is pulling into summer, which make it time for many of my favorite perennials. In our curb strips (known also as parkways, hell strips, etc), we have removed all of our turf and planted beautiful, low-maintenance plants instead. These areas have required some weeding in spring, but with that little time investment (as compared to spending 20 minutes mowing them every week!) we get something that is even nicer to look at, draws pollinators and help make this outlining area part of our garden. Now, we can walk down the sidewalk and enjoy the changing scene every day.
We actually have two large curb areas, and each has a succession of flowers and foliage build into their planting. Earlier this season, we had hundreds of Anemone blanda 'White Splendour' and Muscari aucheri 'Ocean Magic' in the side curb. In the front curb, also known as the Front Woodland, we had an early bloom of crocuses, daffodils and forsythia, followed by a shocking bloom of one hundred red Darwin tulips (Tulip 'Red Impression').
Curb areas can be scary to mess with, but there are also big rewards! I hope more people in the US are willing to be daring and get it a try. We have nothing to lose but our weedy turf. ;)
Curb Strip Plantings With Nepeta, Sedum and Iris
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Published June 6th, 2013 7:34 AM
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