First, a word about different colors of topdressings – my general topdressing is chipped leaves that I mulch with the mower in the fall. I have an abundant supply of these and they are the perfect acidifier for the plants I grow. They integrate well, and quickly, into the soil each year, so by fall the gardens are hungry for more. The black topdressing is Daddy Pete’s Soil Enhancer, which will soon be covered by the hostas, liriope (monkey grass), periwinkle, holly ferns, heucheras – you get the idea! This product has the effect of mega-vitamins for plants. It is just well composted pine fines, so I’m not sure why it works like magic. The brown in the open area is another brand of soil enhancer which is not as well-composted as the Daddy Pete’s brand, but works well as a partially decomposed mulch and soil conditioner. I probably won’t use the brown brand again, but I did buy it to compare the two products. All these will cure in the sun to become closer to the same shades of color. The open area with the brown cover is a detention pool to slow the velocity of rainwater runoff. When looking at my gardens, you may believe I am obsessed with bordering my beds with hardscape, but that is not true. I prefer a more natural look. Every wall you see is very specifically placed to slow and divert rushing rainwater, so it can soak into the ground instead of rush along its way, carrying my topsoil with it.
Patio Shade Bed on left, Patio Sun Bed on right.
Patio Shade Bed.
Patio Shade Bed.
Patio Shade bed waiting for various mulches to season & appear the same color.
Another view, looking towards Ann’s.
Patio beds with South Border and view of Teresa’s gardens in the background.
Someone is tired of gardening.