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Vegetation on the Verge

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published May 18th 2022
Your enjoyment is on the Verge
A verge can mean many things. It can be an edge or border of many things. On the edge of reality or on the border of insanity. My interpretation is on the border or edge of your garden; the nature strip.

verge garden
A bonus sight on any walk.

In my wanderings around my local area in the form of Covid 19 exercise and later, many residents have 'decorated' their verge with many things, which make interesting observations.

verge garden
Saves mowing the grass.


There are many mature trees, planted by local councils. Some of these flower in spring and others have interesting bark, such as the paperbark and peeling gum bark. Many new areas often have whole streets adorned with nature strip bottlebrushes.

Street trees.
Bottlebrush tree, banksia and paperbark.

Many nature strips are lovingly cared for and regularly mowed and there is mine, left to its own devices until I'm told to mow it. Fortunately, during spring hundreds of escaped freesias pop up and are 'untouchable' for many weeks.

freshias
My verge garden.

Daisies are another frequent escapees from gardens, both normal size and miniature lawn daisies. They add a splash of colour nicely contrasting with the green grass. Many residents plant daisies around the base of street trees.

Daisies around trees.
Ring of daisies around the tree.


Lawn daisies.
Lawn daisies.


verge daisies
More daisies.

Street trees are bases for many verge gardens. Some are bushes neatly trimmed and some bushes surround kerb mounted mail boxes.

verge bushes.
Well trimmed and not trimmed.


The often-maligned agapanthus seems to be a favourite for mass plantings and when they flower they are a joy to behold. I suspect the mass plantings start off with one example dropping their seeds in all directions.

agapanthus
Agapanthus are a popular verge plant.


agapanthus
More agapanthus.

Many people seem to make their nature strip an extension to their garden and walking along the footpath gives the feeling of walking through a well-vegetated park. Where there are no footpaths some front gardens extend unbroken into the verge.

verge garden
Gardens on both sides.


Extension gardens.
Where there are no footpaths gardens extend into the verge.

In any garden red flowers stand out and it is so with verge gardens. Some are mainly low maintenance succulents of more subtle colourings.

red flowers
Red stands out.


succulents
Succulents are subtle.

A new and lovely trend is the establishment of spoon face gardens. Many are in front yards and some have migrated to nature strips to greet appreciative passers-by. Unfortunately, this craze is waning.

Spoon village.
You are being watched.

Some outer suburban streets are almost semi-rural and narrow and have a natural verge foliage from the fence line to the road edge.

country road.
Natural verge.

If you are planning a verge garden, it is worth remembering that it is on local council-owned land, even though you are responsible for its maintenance and it may be necessary to obtain council approval to proceed.

plants for sale.
Raw materials for your verge garden.


Verge junk.
It's on the verge, but only temporarily.

As you meander along a footpath, you can see gardens on both sides, doubling your enjoyment.

verge garden
More enjoyment.
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Cost: Free
Your Comment
Awesome idea for an article, Neil - good job!
by Elaine (score: 3|8885) 39 days ago
This is also a good way to reduce people from parking on the verge! 😬 🙄
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1453) 36 days ago
Great article as.always, Thanks.
by don_t (score: 1|63) 39 days ago
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