Here is my attempt to get Basket of Gold, Aurinia saxatilis, to spill over the edges of the gravel. I wanted it to blur the lines between the mulched bed and the pea gravel area, but instead it has grown in a straight line, apparently afraid to touch the stones.
After flowering I will divide and spread out the individual clumps, and if I stagger the clumps a little better I might break up that straight edge.
And I need a lot more. It should form a long sea of bright yellow spreading all down the borders of this sitting area. Right now it is more of a yellow puddle than a golden sea.
I do love to see it through the emerging red foliage of a smokebush. I cut the smokebush down to two foot high stubs in late winter, and this is what it looks like by mid May. This is Cotinus coggygria 'Grace'. Within the month it will get huge and leafy.
Here's another attempt at spilling plants that has gone a little wrong. These are Forget Me Nots tumbling out of a pot laid on its side.
You can see this kind of thing all over Pinterest, mostly using alyssum as a river of dense flowers running out of a pot. I think it looks dumb, but that didn't stop me from trying to imitate it.
My problem is that the Forget Me Nots (Myosotis) are spreading uphill. You can see it a little better from the other direction in the shot below. It gives an aggressively spewing effect rather than looking like a gentle tumble down the creek bed slope.
Honestly, it looks like the flowerpot belched this blue stuff out and now regrets it. I'm sorry, it just does to me.
See what I mean? I'm going to divide these, spread them about in spots in the gardens for a more natural look, and stop copying ideas from Pinterest.
Who knew growing flowering spreaders would require such fine tuning?