We like the current trend of layering plants together to make an interesting, interconnected layer of vegetation. This avoids the need for so much mulch in beds, too! I notice when weeding in these beds that more moisture is retained because of the continuous groundcover.
Here are some examples of layered plantings:
Low groundcover sedums around Tall Bearded Iris or Heucheras; or use in front of sunloving shrubs as an edging plant
Sweet woodruff around tall Ferns, Solomon’s seal and White Wood Alilaster
Vinca, Tiarella, Big Root Geranium, Waldsteinia, Lamium or Lamiastrum
If you’re not ready for this look, be sure to mulch your planting beds at a 2″ depth to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Without it, the soil will grow as hard as cement. When it does finally rain, there will be runoff before the water can penetrate this hard layer.
For more help with design ideas to create a layered garden this fall, contact Deanna <firstname.lastname@example.org>