A few years ago, in what was my first attempt to cut back on water usage and minimize garden maintenance, I took out a very large, intensely planted 25x100 foot perennial border running along my driveway.
I replaced it with a meandering gravel path, pink antique roses, four flowering ornamental crabapple trees and mulch.
This, I must say, was one of my better ideas.
This area is now almost completely maintenance free and it is all on a drip system so it uses comparatively little water.
But the best part is every spring when the crabapple trees bloom - they are quite spectacular and grow more so every year as they continue to mature.
The trees are under-planted at the base with Santa Barbara daisies and a very common purple geranium. Between the two I have something blooming almost year around. Then if I am very lucky the pink roses start blooming, as they are doing this year, along with the apple trees.
It is such a delight when occasionally something turns out even better than you had hoped for.
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