Edgings at Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden
The edge of the garden bed is an element sadly neglected in my garden, and all too often descends into a collection of plant debris, hollow snail shells and of course oxalis. Last summer I started paying more attention to the edge, but attention didn't always result in action. Often it was a matter of standing gazing down morosely and thinking to myself "that looks like crap, I need to plant xxxx " and then I would wander off to be quickly distracted by the next thing my eyes fell upon; a de facto puppy/kitten.
Last week I spent a few days out on the coast and found I came back with quite a few photos of the edges of the garden beds at Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. I've taken hundreds of images here in the last few years, and who knows what prompted me to look closer at the small details.
I've used golden Oregano as an edging, but it likes it here way to much, and I ended up digging it out. But I did love this combination with Anthriscus 'Ravens Wing' .
Golden Oregano can be well-behaved if you have the inclination to make sure it knows who's boss. When it lived at my house it was.
This is Sedum pallidum var. bithynicum with what I believe to be Veronica umbrosa 'Georgia Blue' .I grew this at one time several years ago and it was a really nice ground cover with no negative attributes that I can recall.
Thyme, I speculate that it is golden thyme
Here is an image that shows how the edging plants incorporate into the border.
A wider view of the same area. How different this would be if these ground hugging plants were gone. They make a perfect picture frame.
This bed was bordered in Bidens, and the pollinators were busy.
A nice combination where the Bidens left off.
I have Alchemilla mollis on the edge of one of my garden beds, but I think a lower profile layer in front of it looks even better. I may be copying this soon.
The tapestry effect is deployed to nicely here.
The silver plant on bottom right is Raoulia australis 'New Zealand Mat' .
I can never remember which is which when it comes to Scotch moss and Irish moss. Here it is (whatever it is) planted with Sedum spurium. I love how they look together.
Here with the same Sedum, is Elfin Thyme.
And here the Sedum is again with Cerastium. I have this Sedum too, but it's planted with Oxalis . The Oxalis volunteered. In many places.
I don't know what this is. It looks nice though !
Even the Agaves get some edging. Dymondia on the left and that might be creeping Thyme on the right.
This is completely impossible for my garden. Moss, whether it be Scotch or Irish would look like hell 10 out of 12 months a year. This moss is in full sun all day , but sun on this part of the coast is a different animal from the sun of the inland valley where I live.
Looking through my photos when I came home from my road trip inspired me to make a commitment to acquire some ground-huggers to install here at home.