Natural Edge Dug For Front Porch Bed - June 2023

On Monday, I posted about adding a series of perennials to our front porch beds - including Autumn Moor Grasses and eight Summer Beauty Alliums that are in front of some small Green Velvet Boxwoods (that I planted last month).  

As I was planting those, I realized that the edge of the bed has crept-in and I needed to cut the grass that had been growing in there - out.  

I've been thinking about the extension of the curved portion of the bed (where the Norway Maple tree *was* and have been musing about how to use some dry-stacked stone there and/or how the bed can be extended down the property line to (eventually) connect with the small, circular bed around the Saucer Magnolia.  

But, for now....I decided to just simply clean the bed edge up and extend it out - just a little bit.  Here, below, is the 'after' - a natural edge like this makes the bed look that much more polished. 

That (above) is the after.  Here, below is the 'before'.  Quite a change, right?  The French Marigolds have a lot more room to grow.  And...interesting to note that *if* the bed was this size BEFORE planting the marigolds, I likely would have planted them further down the hill. 

I cut the edge all the way to our front walk - see below.  This edge tapers slightly, but I'm thinking about making that curve even more dramatic and connect *this* front porch bed to the one that has the small Saratoga Ginkgo a bit further East. (below) is the 'before' showing the Dusty Millers and French Marigolds snug up against the turf:

I'm going to keep working the various front yard beds with cutting edges - including the parkway trees, the Saucer Magnolia and the IB2DWs beds. 


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