Landscape edging forms the border of beautiful flower beds and can frame the rest of your Colorado landscape design, while directing pathways and leading the eye along a visual journey.
In casual gardens or landscapes that mimic a more natural plant environment, we often forgo the use of harsh borders and select plants that will create a softer visual appeal.
Use Gorgeous Plants to Create Borders and Edges in Your Colorado Landscape
Typically, plants used for landscape edging are on the shorter side, so they don’t block your view of the beautiful foliage and blooms tucked behind it. However, this isn’t always the case.
Barrenwort (Epimedium). We’re fond of this plant because of its rare survival features. It actually thrives in dry, shady soil. Barrenwort features lovely foliage and blooms, which have inspired common monikers, such as fairy wings and bishop’s cap. Your barrenwort will do well in shady dry soil around trees with shallow root beds. It will spread in a reasonable amount of time to create dense ground cover as well.
Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea). This plant blooms in multiple shades of pink and purple. Purple coneflowers are a Colorado favorite because they can handle our hot, dry summers with gusto and bloom into the frost season as long as you deadhead the plants. These plants make for wonderful accents to landscape edging and are also deer tolerant.
Hakone Grass (Hakonechloa macra). Most ornamental grasses thrive in the sun, as does Hakone. However, Hakone Grass, with its gracefully arching, grassy leaves, will also do just fine in the loamy soil of amended plant beds. It’s never invasive and is also deer tolerant.
Marcus or Caradonna Sage (Salvia nemorosa). Both of these sage plants can add a little color during late spring. The former features violet-blue flower spikes, while the latter features dark violet spikes that can hold over through late summer with deadheading. Bees and hummingbirds love these plants and they’re drought tolerant.
Are you looking for some new and fresh plants that can define the edges and borders of your landscape? Give the design team at Lifescape Colorado a call at 303.831.8310. We’ll select plants that are both low-maintenance and gorgeous to look at.