added by tcufrog
(6 weeks ago)
You've heard of planting things en masse, but does that mean you pick out five petunias instead of one or two? Try 50 or even 550 petunias — often that's what's needed for a good mass planting to make a "river." Of course, all those plants can get expensive, so the best solution is to find a plant that is fast growing and spreads easily. Creeping sedums, thyme, herbs and ground covers are great options. Encourage your plants to spread via seed or division and watch your river grow.
Before starting out, make sure to prepare your garden soil. The trick to these plantings is creating a solid mass of color, unbroken by other plants. If you don't pull all the weeds now, you will be cursing yourself as your river turns to a mess of thistle and clover. Once you have a blank slate, you are ready to begin.
Add to ideabook by Van De Voorde Elemental Design Group by Van De Voorde Elemental Design Group
The classic river of plants consists of one variety and hue for a bold statement. This planting gains structure from well-placed evergreens and a clump of Russian sage, echoing the natural look of stones and boulders in a creek.