Softening Those Edges

Last year I made a path with paving slabs, it leads to a stone paved circle that has a couple of curved stone benches with pretty sedums and saxifrages flowering around their feet. I don’t like hard edges so after laying those slabs I planted a few low growing perennials and alpines to soften those edges. They are all spreading out very nicely now, in flower and looking very pretty, creating the effect that I intended. I will need several more because there are still some gaps.

The thymes are because they are not only colourful and scented, but attractive to wildlife. The Red Creeping Thyme known as Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’ is in flower now with vibrant and showy deep pink-red flowers. It’s hugging the ground and looks quite stunning.

Thymus ‘Annie hall’ is covered in pale pink flowers and T. praecox ‘Albiflorus’ is looking great too with little white flowers.

Thymus x citriodorus ‘Doon Valley’ has pretty golden variegated foliage with a wonderful lemon fragrance, not flowering yet but soon will be.

In a couple of places is Erigeron karvinskianus, a pretty little daisy flowering plant, not as neat and tidy as my thymus plants because I’m not looking for a neat edge.

Chiastophyllum oppositifolium also known as Lamb’s Tail is right at the beginning of the path, it’s evergreen with broad fleshy green leaves and arching racemes of yellow flowers that are going over now, but the foliage will still look good throughout the year. Opposite the Lamb’s Tail is Phlox subulata ‘Purple Beauty’, this flowered purple earlier but it will carry on growing and fill the space that I want it to.

At the edge of the path where it meets the circle a group gazania bedding plants will produce bright orange and yellow flowers soon. I’ve put them there because beneath them are groups of snowdrops and dwarf daffodil bulbs waiting for next year, something else to look forward to.