I used a systemic on it last year and again this spring along with feeding it an acidic fertilizer (read that it prefers an acid soil). So, I guess we'll keep this one.
Little Henry you've got a reprieve!
Groundcovers help a great deal in regard to weeds and water retention. This is Blue Dart Myrtle in the front areas.
The front borders are more subtle with splashes of color not masses. Soon, the daylilies and lilies will be blooming along with the heuchera, astilbe and hosta. Lirope is the ground cover in this part shade bed under the Chanticleer Pear tree.
My Endless Summer Hydrangeas actually have quite a few flower heads this year. Let's see if they can repeat their first show.
Wintercreeper is a border across from Endless Summer, suffered from scale, dormant sprayed and treated with a systemic. It looks good so far. hate to lose it because it turns a beautiful crimson color in the fall.
The astilbes are about ready to bloom on the north side.
This north side border does get morning sun, as you can see, and the baskets at the top of the fence get even more sun later in the day. It took me awhile to figure out the planting scheme. The bleeding hearts take up a lot of room but when they begin to yellow I can cut them down.
I guess even my vegetable garden is a border along the driveway but my most surprising border is beyond my back garden, outside the fence and beyond the gate.
The Alley Garden
Borders do not have to be masses of flowering perennials and annuals. They can be just interesting in various tones of green, interspaced with darker leaf colors and grasses.