EncinoBeach Style Landscape, Los Angeles
Classic Bluestone and Old-Chicago brick lends class to the new pool and clipped hedge knot garden. Plantings of lavender and lambs ear soften the edges of the paving. Seasonal color and movement are used throughout the garden with blooming flowers and trees. Let us help you put all the concepts that you gather together into a beautiful landscape. We have designers in the office and we are a fully licensed landscape contractor.
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7. Spanish lavender and lamb’s ears. Keep it simple by banking borders with swaths of deep violet Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas, zones 7 to 9) and velvety lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina, zones 4 to 9). These hardworking perennials grow best in full sun with moderate water and take almost no care to look good. While lamb’s ears can grow in moist soil, good drainage is essential for the lavender.
3. Add silver and gray as foils. Silver foliage combines splendidly with pastels, especially blues, pinks and purples. The French lavender (Lavandula stoechas) and lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) lining this path complement each other across the walkway. Discover more plants with blue and gray foliage
Plant Characteristics to Look ForUsing the wrong types of plants could make a pathway awkward to use and result in a very high-maintenance garden. It’s best to look for the following characteristics. Low and compact growth. Anything too tall or leggy can inhibit movement along the path and restrict visibility to the path ahead or garden beyond. Taller and more architecturally interesting plants can be used farther back in the bed, away from the path, to create height and foliage contrast. Graduating the height of shrubs and perennials will also make the area appear to be wider than it is. Lack of spikes and thorns. There is nothing worse than getting scratched or snagged by a plant while walking down a path. Spiky plants are great for little birds but usually best kept away from walkways and driveways to avoid injury. Tip: I like using flower carpet roses en masse in border beds due to their reliable, long-flowering habit, but they might need to be edged with another plant, such as lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina, shown here opposite a border of lavender), to help create a barrier along the path to reduce the risk of harm. Regular maintenance would also be effective, as would a generously wide walkway.
Hazel Spanish Lavender(Lavandula stoechas ‘Larkman Hazel’)Many lavenders have a light blue-purple tint, but this variety, with its reddish-purple cast, will stand out in a perennial bed. Where it will grow: Hardy to 0 degrees Fahrenheit (zones 7 to 9) Water requirement: Medium to dry, well-drained soilLight requirement: Full sun Mature size: 2 to 2½ tall and 2 feet wideBloom time: Spring and fall
Pests and disease are rare. There might be an occasional spider mite infestation, and fungal diseases can be a problem in humid climates or where the soil is continuously wet.
The lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Hazel') and lamb's ears (Stachys sp) used here create a low tunnel of flower and scent without restricting the passage along the path.Once the flowering is over, what's left is the beautiful glaucous, pungent foliage of the lavender on one side, almost mirrored by the silver Stachys opposite.Both are happy in dry, well-drained and sunny situations.
Landscape with lavender. There are many reasons to grow lavender: the beauty of the purple flowers and their fragrance, the gray color of the cushiony foliage, the bees and butterflies that are attracted. Lavender also is one of our most dependable, low-maintenance landscape plants. Among many uses: Mass plants as a ground cover. Edge a walk (trim plants formally if you want that look). Edge a border. Mix in a border. Grow in a pot. Plant underneath roses. Choose from many lavender (Lavandula) species and varieties, depending on desired size, growth habit and intended use. Here are just a few of many options: Lavandula stoechas, or Spanish lavender, shown: deep purple flowers; up to 30 inches tall; for borders, pots and cottage gardensLavandula angustifolia, or English lavender. 'Hidcote Blue': 2 feet tall, mounding; for mass planting, spotted in borders. 'Blue Cushion': compact growth to 18 inches; low edging. Lavandula intermedia 'Grosso': very fragrant; compact growth to 3 feet; for hedges, edgingLavandula dentata, or French lavender: long bloom season; 2 to 4 feet tall; for hedges, edgingLavandula minutolii, or fernleaf lavender: on the small side, to 2 feet; good for potsBotanical name: Lavandula sppUSDA zones: 5 to 9 (some species less hardy). Not good in hot, humid climates.Water requirement: Light Light requirement: Full sunMature size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, and biggerGrowing tips: Make sure the soil drains well. Control the size and shape by shearing back the plant (by as much as half) after flowering. When the plants become dry and woody looking, it's time to replace them. Some types can spread seeds and become invasive; eradicate young plants promptly.
Add herbs and vegetables. There's still time to get your cool-season veggies and herbs in the ground. Plant broccoli, asparagus, Asian greens, artichokes, cabbage, chard, collards, seed potatoes, onion sets, spinach, mustard greens and lettuce. Herbs to plant include calendula, chives, cilantro, dill, lavender, rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, fennel, sorrel and oregano. The sunnier the spot, the better the yield.
Lavender(Lavandula stoechas)Spanish lavender, also known as French lavender in the United Kingdom, has unusual blackish-purple flowers surmounted by a tuft of purple bracts.For dry, sunny spots, lavender can make a good low hedge. Though it can be short lived, it is still the best of the low-growing aromatic shrubs.USDA zones: 6 to 9Water requirement: Low; benefits from additional wateringLight requirement: Full sunMature size: 18 to 36 inches tallPlanting tips: Prefers well-drained soil in full sun; if grown in containers, it will require frost protection.A good alternative to lavender is rosemary — which also loves a hot, sunny spot. Perhaps the best variety to use for low hedging is the compact Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Severn Sea’, which has evergreen leaves and brilliant blue flowers in early summer.