Shrubs and Edging Plants
Shrubs and edging plants are used to provide a well-defined border between features in your garden. They can create a border between your property and the neighbours, separate your garden from your driveway or garden path. Choosing the right edging plants can be a bit tricky but as usual, the most important thing is to consider what you are trying to accomplish with your shrub or edge plant and then choose your variety accordingly.
If you have a frequently used stone path in your garden, it might be nice to soften the cold harsh lines with a low growing flowering ground cover. Be careful not to choose one that drops berries or anything else which might create a mess on the path. A well-considered decision will lead to a great visual impact and a beautifully landscaped garden! On the other hand, you might be
In reality, almost any plant can become an edging plant if it serves the intended purpose. Classic edging plants are low growing and form the lowest tier of the garden. This is your chance to consider your landscape design goals, using edging plants to define the overall colour scheme, blooming season, texture, form, scale and flow of your garden.
Azaleas are a great example of a beautiful flowering shrub that could be used as a bright edging plant to add excitement to your garden. Azaleas come in a wide range of colours and heights. They prefer a semi-shaded position, with morning sun. Azaleas prefer light well-drained soils. Azaleas have shallow roots, which means they need to be watered regularly, one every 2-3 days should be enough for them to flourish.
Dutch box is a popular, evergreen shrub that makes a great simple small hedge or edging plant. The Dutch Box naturally grows in a rounded shape and is perfect for defining paths and garden beds, plant 25-30cm’s apart when creating an edge. Dutch box grows best in full sun or partial shade, with well-draining soil. They are very hardy and will tolerate strong winds and salt spray.