I’m like a British lady in my garden, and my plants agree. Unfortunately, the British seem to have better plant supports available to them. (How’s that for a segue?)
Years ago, I bought a couple of pom pom peony cages from Terrain. I love them and leave them out all year — they look great even after the plants inside have died back. I use simple hoops and grow-through grids in spots that are tucked away, but I wanted a few more decorative supports and they’ve been hard to find. My search kept turning up plenty of options in England, but not much here in the States. Battle Hill Forge did come up in my search and liked them a lot, but I ordered these jardin bird cage plant supports from Gardener’s Supply Company, and they’re due to arrive soon. Trellises, too, to flank the garage and for a couple of spots on the house.
I’ve also been looking for rope edging. Why is this not being reproduced? Again, these are available in England, but not here. Antique lots pop up on eBay for hundreds sometimes, and occasionally at flea markets or independent garden centers, but it’s all so expensive — especially when you compare pricing to the modern equivalents for $1 each.
Old paver bricks would be a good alternative too, but I’m going to head out to look at the edging stones in person. Maybe they’re fine and I’m overthinking it? (Wouldn’t be the first time. Or last.)
Off I go! You’ll find me among the plants like: