Who says our lawns have to flow together? All around my suburban neighborhood I see people giving their best garden space to grass.
I say dig it up! Buffer, screen, create mixed borders that change with the season. They’re good for the soul, insects and wildlife. They create a sense of enclosure that makes us all feel a little safer. Most of all they give us space to try new plants and plan for four seasons of interest.
Below are the 22 different kinds of plants blooming today–February 27th, 2011– in the mixed beds around our house in Apex, NC.
1) Daffodils–3 varieties
4) Forsythia (yellow and white)
6) Lenten Rose
8) Texas Scarlet Quince
10) Sweet breath of Spring (Lonceria fragmantisma)
11) Winter Daphne
12) Winter Iris
14) Camellia Japonica–several varieties
15) Prunus mume (two varieties)
16) Prunus Altumnalis
18) Native redbud tree
19) Bearsfoot Helleborus
20) Robbs Spurge
22) Edgeworthia Snow Cream
Many of these plants are fragrant. Some make great cut flowers. All are most welcome after cold winter days. And grass…well it’s green. Ok, that’s nice, but how much of it do you really need?
One more thing to consider while we’re all thinking about turf–Does it really need to be perfect? I think not. Of course, I love running barefoot through blades of green. But perfect grass takes a lot of time, money, fertilizer, water, and weed killer.
Again–I think not.
I’ve decided my ideal lawn would be a small oval with lots of clover. I’d let it bloom between mowings to attract lots of honey bees for the flowers and vegetables. Now if I can just convince my husband….