Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Damp Streambed

We are planning to run a dry stream bed across the front of our property. 

However, it may be more of a damp stream bed in reality.
Our Easter canal did drain off the water around the tree,
but the ground is still a mucky, boot grabbing, clay pit. 

Here is a handsome example of a dry stream bed from Pam Penick.
This stony course runs through a dry garden, designed for a climate with infrequent rain. 
These are drought tolerant plants that do not want wet feet.
I had pictured our front area as predominately dry, very much like this garden.
But now, having slogged through it, I think we may need some rain garden plant types!

I just bought Pam Penicks new book, Lawn Gone, and it is a wealth of information.
 If you are interested in moving past old fashioned landscaping (lots of expensive, high maintenance grass and a collar of shrubs around your foundation),
this book is great place to start.

Once our sidewalk is in place (this week?), and the soil amendments have been tilled in, it will be easier to decide which plants will thrive in our front courtyard.

Another consideration is how to create a natural looking dry stream bed.

Some are quite deep and designed for serious run-off.

Other examples appear shallow by comparision.
The grasses along the edge must be beautiful waving in the wind!

This stream bed has a nice combination of rock sizes.

So does this one, and that variation in size seems to be a key element in designing a dry stream bed.

Stone color is something else to think about.
I really like this narrow, winding streambed.
It looks cool and damp.
Even when they are dry the dark colored stones have a more watery or wet look than pale hued stones.
If you are interested in dry stream beds, I've started a board on my Pinterest site!

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like an attractive solution to your water problem