One HGTV fan created the cottage garden feeling in just one container. Several varieties of coleus plus Mexican feather grass among the plants helps create a soft, free-form look. From Cottage Gardens We Love
Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. One pinner says: I use baking soda in a 6" wide area around all of the edges of my flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into my beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. I usually have to do this twice a year - spring and fall.