My garden is made up of a series of island garden beds. Each one is “designed” (I say that very loosely) to create the pathways that appear in between the gardens. To me a pathway is what really makes garden. A good path let’s you see everything there is to see, leads you down unexpected turns, and really enhances a garden. Plants are integral for a garden and structures are important too but you don’t go anywhere without a pathway. But this post isn’t really about pathways, it’s about one garden bed in particular that I need help with. You see, there’s just something wrong with it. Maybe it’s the plantings, maybe it’s the size and shape, or maybe it’s something else entirely.
In this bed I’ve brought lavender plants from my in-laws garden. They were the result of the natural layering of several lavender plants. I also have several irises, a blackberry lily, ‘Husker’s Red’ penstemon, and even pumpkins! (I’m not ashamed to admit I left out pumpkin from 2010 lying in this bed to rot in the hopes of future Halloween pumpkins.) I transferred some strawberries to this bed as well because I thought incorporating real edible strawberries as a ground cover would be pretty neat. We’ll see how that turns out later. There are even an annual coleus in the mix as well as some sedum ‘Acre’. Which would be have to be the sedum genus’s response to kudzu – even though it really can’t come close.