Five Ways to Soften Your Hardscape
The defined lines and bold look of pavers create a sense of organization and order that is a welcome addition to any garden. However, a garden also needs to express a sense of balance between all the elements. This can be achieved with the right combination of plants, which will highlight your hardscape by creating a colorful contrast of textures. Just a few of many, these five plant options are a good start toward “painting” your landscape with soft, natural colors.
Seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
These daisy-like plants, which bloom in shades from white to lavender to pink, grow best on the coast. Plant them in fast-draining, sandy soil in a spot that gets full sun or light shade. They need moderate watering. To prolong the bloom period, cut back after flowering. Use them in a rock garden, in a flowerbed or on an embankment.
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
The state flower of California, this native perennial has outstanding four-petaled, paper-thin blooms that vary in color from pale yellow to deep orange. Sow in an area with full sun. They are drought tolerant; but to extend their flower season, give them some water in summer.
Pink muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
These showy grasses stand out in any garden with their plumes of pink to reddish feathery flowers. These drought-tolerant plants don’t need much water, but look best when given a moderate amount. They like the sun, so plant them in an area with full sun or part shade. They are especially beautiful when sown en masse.
Rose ‘Pink Drift’ (Rosa ‘Pink Drift’)
This disease-resistant, nearly maintenance-free groundcover rose blooms a pretty, deep pink all season long and works well in a small garden. Water weekly and plant it in soil with good drainage and where it will receive at least six hours of sun daily.
Orange bulbine (Bulbine frutescens ‘Orange’)
This easy-care, South African native is reminiscent of an aloe. Tall flower stalks bloom in clusters of bright yellow to orange hues. Plant in well-draining soil. Once established, provide occasional watering.
Jaime Sandoval, Landscape Designer
5665 Kearny Villa Road
San Diego, CA 92123