This whole composition is subtle, so it doesn’t belong out in the middle of the yard. Let it sit within a natural setting where it blends into your existing landscaping. Use plants that work in your area to “nest” the object so it appears to have been there a long time. This is the “settled in” look that makes them visually belong in that space or planting milieu.
For some, making the disk stand up can be a challenge. It helps to bury the bottom a few inches deep and pack the soil around it for anchorage. Add staking or shims or any other method necessary to stabilize the disk from being blown or pushed over, then cover it all up with a lot of strap leaf plants.
Some great plants for achieving these looks without growing too large include:
Festuca glauca Blue Fescue Zone 4
Liriope ‘Silvery Sunproof’ Liriope Zone 6
Ophiopogon japonicus Mondo Grass Zone 10
Nassella tenuissima Mexican Feather Grass Zone 6
Every garden deserves a special place with a circular element linked in the ancient world to the heavens. Whether it’s the wheel off Grandad’s Model A or a priceless antique, it becomes the circle of life embodied in a single object. No matter the material or source; in garden design, it is simply the form that matters.
Maureen Gilmer is an author, horticulturist and landscape designer. Learn more at www.MoPlants.com