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Gulf Coast Gardening: Soften Edges to Imitate Nature

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Each time I've enlarged or created a new garden bed, I've carved out deeply curving and subtle, soft edges to mimic the natural way a river or stream flows.

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Time has a way of changing our methods; plus I've humbly learned a few things along the way. These days, in my much more naturalistic garden, straight lines are found only in permanent hardscape elements such as the driveway and pool decking.

Each time I've enlarged or created a new bed, I've carved out wide, curvaceous forms rather than narrow, clearly defined ones. Deeply curving and subtle, soft edges create a sense of mystery and intrigue. It's my hope that my meandering, curving beds draw in visitors to see what's around each bend or hidden pathway.

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A mix of trees, shrubs and perennials (contained within organic, fluid edges) mimics the natural way a river or stream flows. This free-flowing element works in almost any garden and provides a soothing factor for the eye and soul.



Creating a natural-looking garden is easy to do:

  • Pick an area in your garden to "loosen up."
  • Widen an existing bed, using a rope or hose to define the shape you want.
  • Remove the sod.
  • Plant perennials or edging plants to emphasize your new curves.


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