Throw In a Curve.

Here’s an update on one of the ongoing projects at Casa Renfield. photo In a previous post, I explained why I wanted to reconfigure this bed in the front garden to get a better balance between open space and plant mass. Now that project is mostly completed. The brick edgers are in place, the boxwood curve is starting to fill in, and the grass area has been reseeded.

Here’s a shot of the grass seed, only two weeks old and filling in nicely. ( I know, almost as fun as watching paint dry, right?)

Last year, I planted a series of boxwood curves in this front garden to add yearlong structure and to act as contrast to the wilder, more flowy plants. I chose not to do a continuous boxwood border for several reasons, cost being just one of them. Maintaining an even growth pattern when the light conditions aren’t uniform across a border−which is certainly the case in my garden−was the main reason.

A few strong curves, though, gives me structure without worries about light differences over a broad swathe.                                                          photoThe volunteer grass (Little Bluestem) growing between the two boxwoods will be moved.  New home to be determined.

New home found.  Curve without intrusive grass

photo That’s one of the problems with a maturing garden: What does well often does too well and tries to take over. I used to be thrilled by this type of wild abandon. Now. . . not so much. I’ve grown to appreciate order more than I used to and I’m moving away from the faux wild prairie look. So the grasses need to behave!                                                                                                                                                    photoThis curve on the other side of the path illustrates another uniformity issue, though. The boxwood on the far right was damaged by exposure to wintry winds when the snow-thrower removed its protective snow cover and the center died. The result is an ugly brown hole right next to the sidewalk. The plant is slowly filling in, but it bugs me. And aside from pulling it out and putting in an expensive new plant, all I can do is water and wait.

Ahh, patience. The gardener’s secret weapon.

May it work for you too.

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