Beautiful No-Mow Yards 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn J. Hadden

By Evelyn J. Hadden

With Beautiful No-Mow Yards, you could rework your garden right into a livable backyard and convey nature's attractiveness into your life!

What has your ideal eco-friendly garden performed for you latterly? Is it well worth the time, attempt, and assets you lavish on it? Armed with encouragement, thought, and state-of-the-art suggestion from award-winning writer Evelyn Hadden, you could unlock your self at last!

In this final consultant to rethinking your backyard, Hadden showcases dozens of inspiring, green choices to that hard (and dare we are saying boring?) eco-friendly turf. exchange your garden for a full of life prairie or substitute it with a runoff-reducing rain backyard. change it for an interactive experience backyard or convert it to a low-maintenance residing carpet.

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Susan and Paul’s front boulevard—a 6- by 80-foot strip of land between the street and the sidewalk —displays a profusion of flowers supported by an understory of lower grasses and herbs. The plants take turns providing a show as the seasons pass, so the boulevard looks dramatically different over the course of a year. Despite the height restrictions imposed on the garden by a city ordinance, the mix of plants is diverse, with over 40 species knit together in a three-dimensional display. In the center of the boulevard, plants can be somewhat taller; such flowers and grasses include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), golden alexanders (Zizia aurea), several species of milkweed (Asclepias) and coreopsis, and Virginia spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana).

Seen here are the glossy leaves of Japanese holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) at lower right, pink blooms of hardy begonia (B. grandis), and feathery fronds of assorted wood ferns (Dryopteris). Finally, Jay uses plants to catch light. Variegated foliage and warm tones light up the dark shadows. Plants with translucent leaves glow during their brief time in the sun. As those rays move across the garden, highlighting different plants, the effect is ever-changing. A seating area on the deck directly behind Jay’s house overlooks the most colorful section of his woodland garden.

You don’t need flowers! Variegated hostas and annual coleus (Solenostemon) bathe this shade garden in light and color. A murmuring stream, leafy green plants, and discreet shelter carry you miles away from the city in this sloping urban side yard. Seen here are the glossy leaves of Japanese holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) at lower right, pink blooms of hardy begonia (B. grandis), and feathery fronds of assorted wood ferns (Dryopteris). Finally, Jay uses plants to catch light. Variegated foliage and warm tones light up the dark shadows.

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