• David R. Lamb, ASLA

Woodland Walks and Their Herbaceous Edges

All too often in domestic gardens the edge is a monoculture of one species of plant and harsh edges. The vision can be lost in the dismissal of the details, and the overall look is flat.

The good news; there is a huge variety of herbaceous woodland plants that can create rich interesting patterns and seasonal interest not to mention provide something wildlife can feed and breed on.

What is a herbaceous plant? It is simply a plant that has no persistent woody stem above the ground. They may be annuals, biennials, or perennials, however they all can add the desired "softness" to your garden's edge.

From a maintenance point of view, dense plantings like these one can make the planting area less prone to invasive species as well as lend to the overall "natural" vision that you desire.

The goal is to create a space that looks and feels as though it has always been there.

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