Dibbles & Bits

Welcome to Plant Exchange. Thanks for your visit. Today we have several short plant topics.

You may choose special ornamentation such as an art object to set your yard apart. Even the cement or natural hardscape that gives your yard and flowerbeds boundaries, in fact, may contribute beauty. Below you will see examples from the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC that illustrate how cement or stone can convey contrast of the color, shape, and feel with the plants with which they are paired. Though in each case the hardscape’s main function is as boundary, it also contributes beauty.

Thyme is grown as a plant you can walk on in a path. Note the beauty of meandering thyme against right angles in the symmetrical stone path.


Notice the contrast of color, shapes, and texture of two perennials and a stone wall.


Even the cement edging of the flowerbed that clearly functions to separate gravel and mulch helps accent the peony.


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