The next thing i noticed when looking back at my pictures of the Austin Fling is almost the opposite of the clean and orderly mulch & gravel I mentioned before - plants growing every which way they wants.
At the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center, there were desert-y plants spilling out of their bed:
|And poppies blooming where they wanted|
|Manfreda in the vegetable garden|
|i think this is russelia equisetiformis - growing in the corner of the stairs|
|Aloe in the gravel|
|repetition with color, form and plants everywhere|
|here, the combination of room to grow, and other plants make it fit in beautifully|
|it's obviously well maintained, but still very free|
The last picture is of Jenny's fish - here in a sea of mexican feather grass. I would have been so tempted to add a border/edge right there in the front, but this is so much better. It looks like the fish could just swim off into the gravel.
|and again, the same gravel as everywhere else.|
- This is a bit cheating, since this is a style that i already have a lot of in my garden!
- Like with the poppies that plant themselves in the DG - but i think i should apply some more of Jenny's editing (especially of the actual weeds!) to make it look a lot nicer.
- Plants spilling out of beds is something that happens naturally in my garden, since i never seem to think about how big the plant gets.
- I should remember that even if a plant plants itself, i should still take care of it & prune it back when needed. I have oceans of mexican feather grass. Since the older plants don't look as good, i should remove some of them.
- While all these gardens have plants outside of beds, they don't have weeds. I should weed more to make sure the pretty plants stand out from the self seeding weeds!