Classical entrywayTraditional Landscape, San Francisco
Columnar evergreens provide a rhythmic structure to the flowing bluestone entry walk that terminates in a fountain courtyard. A soothing palette of green and white plantings keeps the space feeling lush and cool. Photo credit: Verdance Fine Garden Design
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1. Lay bricks flush with the surface. Bricks make a neat edge for your flower beds. For a streamlined look, lay them flush with the ground. This is particularly effective when the border is next to a lawn since the mower blades can easily move over it. These bricks separate the borders from the path and allow the flowers to hang over the walkway without blocking it. Bricks can be an inexpensive edging material. There are online tutorials that show you how to lay a row of bricks between the border and the lawn, but for a really attractive finish, it’s best to get help from an expert.Find a landscape contractor
How to use it. Tulips are quite at home in formal gardens, thanks to their upright habit, and look stunning when used in mass plantings or as a border to a sidewalk or path. For a more casual look, scatter them randomly throughout your landscape or intersperse them with other spring blooms in garden beds. Species tulips are a lovely addition to a rock garden. Tulips are also a great choice for containers. You can put them on display when they’re at their peak bloom without worrying about messy foliage before and after.
Dwarf Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens 'Tiny Tower')Presented with a small space — an urban courtyard or a roof patio — I always devote considerable attention to structural plants. With solid bones, such a small space will come to life and endure. In this charming example, pencil-shaped dwarf Italian cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens 'Tiny Tower') lead the way.USDA zones: 7 to 10 (find your zone)Water requirement: Well-drained soilLight requirement: Full sunMature size: 30 feet tall and 3 feet wideSeasonal interest: Year-roundWhen to plant: Anytime
If you like the idea of a white garden but don't want to commit to such a large area, try flanking a pathway with a simple springtime combination. White daffodils or tulips could join pansies or white forget-me-nots (Myosotis sp, zones 3 to 8) for an early-season display. In a shadier spot, a mass planting of snowdrops would be delightful.
16. Anchor tall plantings. In this San Francisco garden, white tulips lend a pristine formality to a brick-edged, curved stone walkway. Punctuated with columnar evergreens, the look is understated and timeless, and can be easily switched once the flowers fade.
In monochromatic schemes, the bulbs' main role is to provide design interest rather than color. As a result, you can use fewer bulbs to accomplish the goal. In this photo, small staggered groupings of tulips provide rhythm and repetition, leading the eye down the path to the front door.
Slate is an exceptional walkway material because it doesn't absorb water, isn't affected by direct sunlight and can stand up to extreme weather conditions. The subtle color palette coordinates nicely with most landscapes.