Stepping Stone Path

Stepping Stone Path

High on the top of my to-do list has been to remove an area of crappy grass and replace it with stepping stones. I’ve managed to put this off for several years, but recently I saw a neighbor’s beautiful stepping stone path and decided it was time. Do you ever have those projects where you know in your mind exactly how you want it to look, but you can’t exactly find a photo to show it or lay it out? That was this project for me. I looked through all kinds of books and magazines to see if I could find a visual to match my vision. Nothing. The closest I came was a stone patio featured on page 136 of Rochelle Greyer’s Cultivating Garden Style (fyi- I am Organic Modern!).… Read Full Post
Flowering Ground Covers

Flowering Ground Covers

  The idea for the this post came to me as I was walking our dogs the other day and came across this large patch of frog fruit plant growing in a nearby lawn. While some people would call this a lawn weed, it could also be considered a great flowering ground cover for Florida. With less resources and time spent on a traditional lawn, some of these flowering groundcovers could make a great addition to your home and garden. Read on to find out more about my top four flowering ground covers for Florida and the southeast US. Which flowering groundcover is right for me? Let’s start by thinking about your goals.  Are you just trying to mow less? Do you want to attract butterflies?… Read Full Post
Asian Jasmine, Trachelospermum asiaticum

Asian Jasmine, Trachelospermum asiaticum

Asiatic Jasmine, or Asian Jasmine, Trachelospermum asiaticum, is one of the tried and true ground covers for Central Florida. This drought hardy plant is evergreen, pest-free and requires very little care or maintenance. Driving through older neighborhoods this is the plant that Mike and I often point at and say, “someday ours will look that good” or “whoa, check out their jasmine.” Truly, these are the things I say when we are driving around! How long does it take to establish Trachelospermum asiaticum? It depends. There are several things that factor in for this: Size of plants. Will you be planting 4″ plants or full gallons? The larger plants will establish more quickly and fill in faster. They will also be more expensive.… Read Full Post
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