The path to my front door used to divide a small patch of lawn, until I tore up turf and planted a cottage garden. I've filled both sides of the path with a blend of bulbs, perennials, roses and ornamental grasses to create strong seasonal color. I selected plants that appeal to the senses - so every journey is a pleasure.
Plants with Taste
White alpine strawberries are one of my favorite edging plants.
The plants look good from spring to frost, and the small, sweet fruits provide a tasty addition to salads and cereal. They're also great to grab and munch on the run.
Strawberries spread to form living mulch. Plants are shallow-rooted, so it's easy to pull any that threaten to overrun other plantings.
Other flavorful favorites along my garden path include dill and heirloom leaf lettuce.
Plants with Fragrance
On summer days, roses scent the garden path with pretty perfume.
In addition to roses, fragrant lavender tumbles onto the path near the porch. The lavender's wonderful aroma releases every time I brush by plants.
An allium called Star of Persia (Allium christophii) begs to be touched in every season.
From plump buds to starburst blooms, this bulb adds outstanding texture to the garden path. Flowers typically open in June, and stiff seed heads remain in place until frost.
Other touchable plants along my garden path include ferny yarrow and bristle-center coneflowers.
Plants with Eye Appeal
Because this garden path is front and center in the yard, I focus on plants that stage a continuous show of seasonal color. The performance doesn't just feature flowers. Plants, such as Star of Persia, add to the drama with interesting seed heads.
From spring to frost there's always something blooming in this garden. To learn more about planting a progression of seasonal color along a garden path, view my video.
Tuck plants with sense appeal along a garden path in your yard, and you'll savor the journey.