So many great answers…so many problems with this landscape! Everyone who made a comment was spot on in their reasoning. And each of these flaws was completely preventable with good design. But I’m not sure I would have been able to predict the problem that I now see every week at this location:
his area is the only access point for service vehicles of any persuasion. And sometimes they DO park on top of the planting strip. Fred’s designation of these ground covers as “Stompus flatii” was perfect!
Lesson to be learned: sometimes it’s best NOT to have planting strips if they clash with the realities of site use.