People are starting to worry about their lawns – will they be green and lush and cool underfoot, giving that perfect backdrop to supper outside during the romantic English summer which is just around the corner? There’s no good news if you garden under the shade of a tree in a north facing site, but for everyone else you could try pampering your clipped grass in a raised bed.
In this design lawn style grass is showcased in high slate raised beds. It’s probably not the look you will be going for but it highlights the possibility of using an edging of some sort to raise your lawn and give it the very best soil and conditions possible with little fuss.
It’s a solution which can be both practical and very stylish. I really like these Corten steel wedges which are graphic but green.
Metal edging systems allow for curves and designers are exploiting this quality to make crisply outlined lawn areas which are very sculptural. Here Piet Oudolf has populated his path with alien mounds in the midst of his colourful perennial planting at Hauser & Wirth in Somerset.
And if grass really isn’t working for you you could try alternatives – everyone has heard of a chamomile lawn and the latest contender in the micro clover lawn – check it out, you will never have to get that mower out again.