Sunday, January 10, 2010

Some Roadside Perennial Borders

Close to where my parents and I used to live in the Michigan suburb of Bloomfield someone has over the last couple of years created some beautiful perennial borders in the green strip next to a small but very busy Hickory Grove Road close to where it intersects with Telegraph Road. Having admired them while driving by for a couple of years, this past summer I finally pulled into the adjacent subdivision one afternoon and got out to take some pictures. The sunny main border was at its early summer best with lush masses of double and semi-double feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum), bright red Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica), and lots of orange daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva).

The shade borders were a bit past their spring prime, but a large assortment of different Hosta species and varieties as well as various other shade-tolerant perennials and shaped burning bushes (Euonymus alatus) still provided plenty of visual interest in an understated yet elegant composition of different leaf sizes and shapes, different shades of green, and delicate white flowers.
I have no idea who developed these beds and takes such excellent care of them but they are absolutely beautiful and I hope they will inspire others to undertake similar projects. If you live in the Bloomfield area, take a look sometime!


  1. The hostas look very attractive in the shade. Nice idea to brighten up a road.

  2. Love all those Hosta! I love it when people beautify a public area, for all to enjoy. Your parents are fortunate in their neighbors. A great garden, thanks for sharing it with us.

    Christine in Alaska

  3. Lovely photos and a beautiful project!


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