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Lawn-Less Solutions in my Townhouse Garden

Lawn-Less Solutions in my Townhouse Garden
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You’ve seen Part 1 of the Garden Clips videos of my garden and now Part 2 is up! In this tour of my back garden I opined a bit about lawn reduction, and of course the plants I use instead. Scroll down for a bit more about the plants mentioned.

(Isn’t the cover photo hilarious?)

I’ll be sending these additional plant notes to Garden Clips for inclusion in the description of the video on Youtube.

  • Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’) isn’t just evergreen and gorgeous – it’s also native to the Eastern U.S.
  • The vigorous groundcover Sedum shown is S. takeseminense.
  • The red annual in pots is Iresine ‘Blazin’ Rose.’
  • The groundcover Carex ‘Ice Dance’ is evergreen.
  • The smokebush I planted is Cotinus x Grace.
  • Plants in the mostly-foliage border shown are an Oakleaf Hydrangea, ‘Ogon’ Spirea, Fothergilla, Nandina, Abelia and Pulmonaria.
  • Plants in the sunny border include Purple Coneflower, Amsonia hubrichtii, assorted Asters, and Tradescantia – all U.S. natives.

My parting words on the video contrast lawn care, which I find boring, and taking care of a mix of plants, which I call gardening.  I should add that gardening can be creative! Lawn care, not so much.

I was delighted to learn that this video and Part 1 will be shown at the Utopia Film Festival 2016!! Festival directors tell me they love the local angle (the festival and my garden are local to Greenbelt, MD) and the upbeat subject matter. Apparently, the festival attracts films about a variety of important topics but positive, utopia-like films are few and far between. Yep, what the world needs is more garden videos!

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Susan Harris
on September 30, 2016 at 8:30 am, in the category Real Gardens, Watch Someone Else Do It.

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