A landscape designer's favorite ground covers must possess the following traits: uniform growth, spreading, sturdy, low-growing, and beautiful. The following five foot the bill.
At first glance, this plant almost looks like creeping rosemary, but does not possess a rosemary's blue, glaucous tinge. This Australian native is drought tolerant, and creates a gorgeous green carpet. This dense, quick growing ground cover should be spaced about six feet apart, and given little to moderate water.
A mat forming, trailing, drought tolerant, floriferous ice plant that can take poor soils, sun, little water, and coastal conditions. Cultivars such as 'Red Apple' are likely to be found at your local nursery.
'Huntington Carpet,' 'Irene' or 'Prostratus' are great choices for covering slopes, cascading over walls, and are great contenders for replacing thirsty lawns. Full sun, little irrigation, and extremely melliferous!
'Lowfast' or 'Coral Beauty' are great selections for this even, robust ground cover. Tolerant of sun or shade, and it survives on little irrigation. This winner is low and spreading, with dainty white flowers in the spring followed by red berries.
Baccharis pilularis (Coyote Brush)
I love this plant: it doggedly refuses to acknowledge that nothing that green and vibrant should be growing where it is growing (extremely dry, rocky, hot chaparral and coastal scrub). 'Pigeon Point' or 'Twin Peaks' are the two most popular forms for ground cover.
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What was once a structureless, empty space is now an expansive outdoor dining area, a bounteous kitchen garden, and an idyllic woodland garden.
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Elements of a Kitchen Garden
The basic elements of these gardens is simplicity, practicality, and productivity. A kitchen garden is the ultimate cooks' garden as well as a relaxing and beautiful space for all to enjoy.
By combining beauty and functionality, the kitchen garden is a great addition to any outdoor space.
Proximity to your residence is the first consideration when planning a kitchen garden. Whether it is formal or informal, the space needs an open route, like the conceptual plan above designed by The Aldrich Company for a residence in sunny Carpinteria.
The actual layout is usually a symetrical design, in order to improve accessability and productivity.
This particular layout makes the most of a rectangular space, with neat rows and a designated sitting and relaxing area to view the bounty.
The kitchen garden in this design by The Aldrich Company makes use of a gradual slope of an estate in Santa Barbara. A central pathway leads past rows of herbs, roses, and vegetables. The top tiers are planted with fruit trees, and the pathway ends under a Honeysuckle covered pergola.
Pathway material varies in kitchen gardens, depending on taste, availability, and funcionality. For instance, a garden in a zone with little rainfall should opt for materials other than lawn. Paths are for creating a network between beds as well as weed suppression. Below are four examples of common pathways: lawn, hardscape such as stone, mulch, and pea gravel.
A raised bed for your vegetables, herbs and fruits provides optimum soil health, as well as a weed and gopher barrier. It is easy to add certain amendments to a particular bed and improve overall soil drainage.
Excavate to a depth of 8" or more to allow more room for root growth. If gophers are a problem in your area, it is crucial to install gopher wire to deter them.
Materials for a raised bed vary, but perhaps the easiest is pressure treated wood like redwood. Other materials include stone and woven willow. Often the beds are lined with boxwood to add formality.
Prefabricated raised beds are a sensible solution to those living in small spaces. You can have a kitchen garden with tubs such as these or other plant containers.
Fences, trellises, arbors, pergolas, benches, obelisks, and support cages are basic structures in the kitchen garden.
Trellises support a variety of climbers and provide shade for heat intolerant vegetables.
Garden obelisks, or tuteurs, draw the eye upward and offer support to twining plants such as pole beans, sweet peas and cucumbers. These structures can also be built of metal or constructed of branches.
A good fence with a gate provides protection from deer, rabbits, raccoons, dogs, and other hungry creatures.
Pergolas, arbors, benches, and dining areas add to the appeal and beauty of a kitchen garden.
Care should be taken when deciding on what to plant. Plant vegetables, herbs, and fruits that you enjoy, and perhaps a few you haven't tried before. Depending on your zone, the best times for planting are when danger of frosts have passed.
Harvest and Enjoy!
The Aldrich Company offers design services and consultation to residents in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria, and the Santa Ynez Valley. To contact, click on the link below.