Simply edging the grass can really make a visual impact in your yard’s appearance. However, adding a plant or light edging to your pathway can take your curb appeal to the next level!
A few plants to consider for your path edges:
Hostas: This shade loving plant produces wide plush leaves, available in variegated colors. This plant’s consistent growth makes maintenance simple. Established plants also produce flower stalks.
Liriope: This is a low maintenance, fairly drought tolerant option to beautify your walkways. This grass like plant comes in a few varieties of colors and grow tiny flower stalks too.
Vinca: This pretty flower-based bush is a very hearty plant that reseeds – which means it continuously fills dedicated areas with vibrant flowers. These relatively low maintenance flowers are available in a variety of colors too!
Lighting: Path lights are an easy way to upgrade your walkways. These days solar and dusk-to-dawn options make installation and maintenance even more simple. We found the options below on Amazon.
Okay, I chose my plant or light, now how do I arrange them?
Plants: Plan for what size the plant will be, not what it is when you buy it. Check the information label on your plant, if the plant will grow to be at least 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall, we’d want to plant them at least 4 feet apart.
Plants AND Lights: Place the lights evenly between each plant so it looks like a planned design.
Lights Only: Use a yard stick or measuring tape to evenly space the lights.
- A yard stick is a great tool for spacing.
- Lay out the plants in their containers to visualize the spacing before digging holes. (Use sticks or paint stirrers to do the same thing for spacing lights.)
- Be sure to choose plants that are right for the amount of sun or shade in your selected area.
- Water regularly, this is especially important when newly planted.
- Before you buy, be sure to research and/or check with a plant specialist at the nursery for information on the plants you like. A good nursery will usually have specific plant information, care tips, and will give you suggestions for planting them to flourish.
- Research plant safety around pets and children.