Faith in DC wrote:
wow never had a lawn mower. Those pictures are really nice and it shows the different varieties of plants growing. The walk way looks great going through.
OK do you get snakes hiding in there? Hmmm that thought just crossed my mind.
Yes, never had a lawn mower, nor desire. I added a few pictures of my backyard, with potentilla around the edges -- to my prior post. Its ok to think BIG with potentilla.
In San Jose, lawns need mowing twice a week during the summer. Potentilla is virtually maintenance free, modest 15 min watering 2-3 times a week, except for plucking weeds when you see them, and applying suitable fertilizer once awhile. No mice, no snakes, just worms. Snails only in the gazania's in spring, quickly taken care of with iron phosphate.
As they green up and flower beginning March, and turn darkish and brown in December, they show the seasons. Some small areas were replanted with ajugas for variety, and a local moss that took off on its own. My philosophy is whichever ground cover grows best in a given area deserves to live and thrive. Nice if you have other things to do. The overall plan was conceived by a landscape designer at the local garden center. The walkway was hand-built, with cement mixed into the sand underneath to stabilize. 37 years and counting.