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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Edging Plants for Natural Pathways

Over the years I've concentrated on removing more and more lawn in my yard. The idea has been to create a more garden-like atmosphere as compared to a typical suburban yard. Pathways and plants have taken the place of most of the turf grass during the last 5 years. There is still a peaceful green carpet of grass in the back yard where the grandkiddos play ~~ although many stray balls land in the plants these days since the size of the play area keeps shrinking.

In one of my recent Lowe's Creative Ideas articles I discuss the plants I've chosen to border some of the pathways. You can click here to read it. At the bottom of the article you'll find a link to a YouTube video I filmed which will give you a 'live' view of parts of my back gardens.

Go check it out if you're curious and then come back here to let me know you did. Or just leave a comment there!

Happy gardening! Meems


  1. Hi Meems, i am really impressed with the beautiful lushness of your plants, so i linked my post today here to tell them of my envy! I will just view your video later after posting. Thanks.

  2. The link brings me back to Hoe & Shovel.

  3. I went to the Lowe's website to find it. It's great to have the visual with the video. Your garden is very inspiring. Great information, as always Meems.


    Above is the link for the article.

  5. Great article and I enjoyed hearing your sweet voice in your video. Your gardens are wonderful!! Peaceful, colorful, so many textures and so much to see. I also enjoyed the squirrel.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  6. Fabulous video, Meems. I had to laugh at the very angry squirrel who chided you for invading his territory!

    I love the Circle Garden. So creative and a great use of dwarf jasmine.

    And your turf area looks great, especially for the end of summer. You need to come help my poor neighbor who has just replaced his turfgrass completely for the sixth time in two years. I have tried to politely suggest that perhaps he should consider a grass-free landscape like mine, but he is determined to have his lush green carpet and he clearly needs help!

    Thank you, by the way, for featuring my Blog this week. Now I will have to post a new entry! But first, I am taking the day off work to play in my garden. :-)

  7. So sorry everyone for the link trouble. I think I have it worked out... my bad. Thank you for persisting ... you guys are the BEST!

    Will be right over to check it out. I am honored.

    I know you don't have the shady places I do but the jasmine works in either situation.

    Siesta Sister,
    I don't know how it happened that the link didn't work... but thanks so much for helping out.

    And the neighbor's dog barking! The videos are supposed to be unscripted and mine are always unedited and very raw... it is what it is!

    We have so many squirrels and they are always chattering about something.

    My lawn has done better for me since I haven't used chemicals or synthetic fertilizers on it for the past two years. I'm also not as freaked out (like I used to be)about the issues FL lawns are plagued with... this year I let the wasps take care of the sod web worms. Boy, that was a test of patience. But it worked out.

  8. Such a nice video of your gardens. I am inspired anew to get on my own asiatic jasmine and pinestraw paths project.

  9. I really love your garden. The lushness of it is awesome. Keep up the good work.

  10. Kay,
    Don't worry... I've got more to do too.

    And you are too... amazing I mean.

    It takes time (and shade I think)to create lushness... but anyone can do.

  11. I am really in love with your garden. I wish to have something like that someday. Lush, lush, lush!

  12. Bom,
    Lush is a nice term. It is definitely feeling 'jungley' at summer's end. Thank you for your kind comment.


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