Mow Mow Mow Mow Mow Mow ……….
Tiring isn’t it? Well some homeowners have this problem licked. What a better way to kick the habit of the Saturday ritual, but to plan, plant plan, plant, plan, plant.
Typo. No, but say that three times. I know I can’t even say it once.
Planning is the key for good design, whether making a butterfly garden, hummingbird refuge, or songbird haven. Or just kicking the grass to the curb.
Joining the crowd of converts willing to shed the burden of mowing for perennial planting, or any other groundcover for that matter “is a good thing”, like Martha always says. Tending a garden is so much more rewarding than revving the engine and pushing the mower to mere exhaustion. At least you get something out of it and so do other creatures, tenfold.
Well these Buffalo residents have started a phenomenon in the area by literally turning over their lawns into lush and beautiful gardens, replacing grass with flowers. They create magical spaces for butterflies, bees and birds, and a few rabbits, but they are cute little critters. Chewing machines, but that’s another post.
Yes, those tall perennials create shelter as well, but that helps to create habitat. Today is all about the aesthetics of this type of garden, not the ecological benefits. Gosh knows, eco articles abound and they are written about ad nauseum. Reduce mowing and add beauty. What a great concept.
Word is that a cute little bunny has moved in here, to the potager in the rear yard of this gorgeous home, to the left. In fact, bunnies moved in throughout this neighborhood if I remember correctly. Our street is similar, as we have acquired families of bunnies setting up residence. They have been spotted all along the south side of the street.
They are cute until your prized vegetables are missing or five-foot laceleaf Japanese maple pruned to artistic perfection is gnawed to death. Another story all together. Someday I will be over it enough to talk about it. So sad. Blasted wabbits.
This property above, has gorgeous plantings and brick paths winding through the front yard. The height of the plants gesture the height of the home so well. No missing the grass here.
Like a green ground-plane, then there is no problem keeping it almost all green. A little shade and instant beauty with no mowing involved can be achieved by using ferns to make a wonderful display.
Want to get out of the shade and into the sun? Go grab yourself a piece of sunshine for everyday. What a better way than using all the hot colors and loading them up all the way to the sidewalk. The plants used give the composition proper height. This home would not be the same with just grass.
Shun the city concrete, take a step farther and walk the gravel path into this paradise of sunshine. All these images were taken on the same day. I swear the sun shines on this property, seen below, every single day. A bird bath welcomes feathered friends. But why stop there?
Plant on both sides of the sidewalk to double your impact. Grass be gone. Phlox. Russian Sage, Rudbeckia, daylily, make a much nicer planting than mundane grass. The color just rings with happiness. And friends, too.
Why stop here?
Get the whole street into the act and give the trees a little company. Garden design is infectious in neighborhoods. When the first gardener takes the plunge and beautifies the Hell Strip, others follow suit.
Once started, there is no stopping. Forge ahead into the center median like below. Plant in groupings to allow for pedestrian passage. A little grass can remain. It acts as a path for the caretakers to care and maintain the blooms. The grassed areas allow for somewhere to put winter snow. Seriously though, maintenance and pedestrian travel are really important. So, plan, plant, plan.
I am a planner by the very nature of my profession, but if any type of garden lets you throw organization to the wind, it is this type.
It is so easy to buy without thought to the placement. The cottage look gives the illusion of lack of planning, but that is not necessarily true. Color combos, plant height and texture play into the beauty of these garden groupings.
Take planning a step farther and have your landscape coordinate with your home. Just imagine this home, below, without all the color and texture of the plants. The home is stunning, but the clever landscape design is a key to making it really shine. Landscaping should reference the home and does this example ever reference. Look at the two Alberta Spruce. Does that remind you of any part of the home in pairs? I do not have a larger image of this garden, but I would bet the curved walkway and interior planting reference the red wall plaque as well. The little detail of the painted ladder to the second floor shows how much thought went into every decision made on this home.
Now pull up the lawn chair and……
Rest Rest Rest Rest Rest Rest……………
Peaceful isn’t it?
And I cannot leave y’all with out this little gem. A real live lawn chair, just in case you are having lawn withdrawal. Hey, fellows I’m talking to YOU!
I found it here.
The ultimate outdoor furniture – a literal lawn chair upholstered in sod. Moisture is dispensed under the sod for happy healthy grass. I suppose it will give the men their mowing pleasure and maybe a wet butt to boot.