By Evelyn J. Hadden
With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you could rework your garden right into a livable backyard and produce nature's good looks into your life!
What has your excellent eco-friendly garden performed for you latterly? Is it well worth the time, attempt, and assets you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, suggestion, and state-of-the-art suggestion from award-winning writer Evelyn Hadden, you could unlock your self at last!
In this final consultant to rethinking your backyard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, green possible choices to that hard (and dare we are saying boring?) eco-friendly turf. exchange your garden for a full of life prairie or substitute it with a runoff-reducing rain backyard. change it for an interactive event backyard or convert it to a low-maintenance residing carpet.
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M. ‘Silver Beacon’) swirls around mounds of hostas and mature spruces (Picea) at West of the Lake Gardens in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Shielding an outdoor seating area from the street are two square gardens with matching groves of birches (Betula). Each is carpeted with a different groundcover, catmint (Nepeta) in the foreground and false spirea (Astilbe × arendsii) in the back, for an effect that is elegant in every season. Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans) demonstrates that grass inflorescences can be as lovely as any flower.
In these gardens, their value is obvious: by not drawing attention to themselves, they leave your eyes and mind free to drift over a peaceful green expanse. How refreshing. It may be that you just want a green, wall-to-wall, living carpet to do what a lawn would do: flow around your trees, alongside the driveway, and basically across any ground not already covered by plants or hard surfaces. You won’t need to mow if you choose a dense, low-growing groundcover, or perhaps a mix of them. You can forego the watering as well, by selecting from the large pool of groundcovers that are more drought-tolerant than commonly used turfgrasses.
Finally, Jay uses plants to catch light. Variegated foliage and warm tones light up the dark shadows. Plants with translucent leaves glow during their brief time in the sun. As those rays move across the garden, highlighting different plants, the effect is ever-changing. A seating area on the deck directly behind Jay’s house overlooks the most colorful section of his woodland garden. All over the low, terraced slope that surrounds the seating area, he has planted out many coleus (Solenostemon) that he grew from cuttings in his greenhouse over the winter.
Beautiful No-Mow Yards 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn J. Hadden