Stone border, Siberian irises, and mulch

This front yard planting bed makes use of small glacial boulders to create a rugged border. Siberian irises have been planted as the foundation species, while room has been left for other plants of smaller stature, such as strawberries or lilies of the valley to serve as ground cover. For now, nutrient-rich cocoa bean shell mulch is preparing the soil for future arrivals while helping block weeds that could otherwise exploit this location. Cocoa shell mulch, which smells very similar to chocolate, is visually attractive against light-colored backgrounds and easy to spread.