When I first started planting my borders I didn't really consider specific plants to "sweep" the pathways. I knew I wanted plants to brush by for scent or tactile experience. Simply put , touching the plants in my garden has always been a special experience to me. A kind of connection that I think most gardeners find pleasure in and maybe the plants do too ?
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Sweeping Your Paths
At the top of my sun strip , by the gate , you can just see the ferns start .. then the Freckles violet, Lady's Mantle , Sweet Woodruff, Ajuga and then repetitions of Lady's Mantle to overlapping spirea.
Always something touching the pathway.
I love the look of the blue aguga and the white of the woodruff.
My first "sweeper" that made me pay attention was Lamb's Ears. Talk about a tough but incredibly soft "touching" plant. I do have to keep an eye on it. I don't let it go to flower because then the form gets too awkward and floppy .. so I trim it back to a little hedge of fuzzy fingers.
Even my ally way have "spill" plants with oregano under the dwarf Burning Bush and campanula under the spirea/mini hosta planting .. amazingly they seem to get enough sun to thrive.
The oregano flowers are gorgeous sprays of white and the scent is fantastic. The campanula are little blue flowers, but ones that have to have a tough hand again because they believe in world domination.