Edging is the perfect way to give your Albuquerque home lawn and garden a finished look. Sometimes it becomes necessary because of soil erosion or drainage, but other times it’s simply for aesthetic reasons.
Why not consider a “living” edge? Use plants to define your borders and create an incredible outdoor space that can be personalized with your own style. For example, different edging materials like plastic or metal, can unify gardens while adding just enough creativity.
There is nothing more gratifying than the pride-inducing calmness of your own piece of paradise. A great border plant must be one that fits into your landscape plan. It should stay put without constant pruning and needs to withstand weather conditions well. Fortunately, these tough guys also present with different textures so they’ll never look plain!
To define your landscape edges and lawn naturally, plant some of these stunning, easy-to-grow plants for your Albuquerque home lawn and garden borders.
Monkey Grass (Liriope Muscari)
Liriope muscari, or monkey grass, is a fascinating plant that has been a popular go-to plant for years. It’s an attractive evergreen with deep green leaves and purple flowers in summertime, making it the perfect border weed.
Liliopepes can grow 12 inches tall but are usually much shorter due to their clumping habit. The pieces will stay put even if you don’t fertilize or water often enough. Just make sure they get plenty sun throughout each day, because this type prefers full sunlight over part shade. USDA zones 5 through 10 rating applies to all parts except cut stems.
Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora)
Autumn Fern is perfect with its semi-evergreen nature, meaning you can grow it all year round. The copper-colored fronds unfurl during summer into deep green leaves that will last well through winter if temperatures don’t drop below freezing.
Plant these along woodland pathways or in dappled clearings; they’ll measure anywhere from 18″ tall up 24″. There are several different varieties available: some only have red stems while others flow with orange variegation throughout.
Hosta (Hosta spp.)
Hostas are one of nature’s most versatile plants. With a huge diversity variety in leaf patterns and sizes, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your garden with hosta.
Some stay well under 10 inches tall while others can grow more than 2 feet. As an added bonus, these gorgeous flowers will attract butterflies & hummingbirds during summertime (USDA zones 3-9).
Coral Bells (Heuchera spp.)
This low maintenance plant is great for those who have limited space because it only grows 8-12 inches tall and 12 – 14 inches wide.
Their bloom spikes can reach 18″ but most people don’t even notice these tiny flowers as they are so busy watching out for pollinators – like bumblebees – which love to visit this flower in their search for new sources of nectar.
Mop Head Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
The Mop Head Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub that can be used to separate garden rooms or corridors with masses of deep green foliage and beautiful blooms. This medium-sized woody flower thrives in USDA zones 5 – 11, making it perfect for your home’s landscape.
Whether you’re a novice at landscaping or an expert, for tips and recommendations, give R&S Landscaping’s Professionals a call at 505-271-8419: your Albuquerque lawn and garden will thank you!