The packets of zinnia seeds from the drug store have really grown well this summer. The native soil in the garden is pure junk. Even though it’s been amended over the years to help grow stuff; some plants simply can’t take the heat.These seeds seem to thrive. They’ve been fed a few times and get adequate water but no special pruning or primping. They’re out in the front yard so they’re exposed to cats, dogs, and miscellaneous children.
There was a problem with snails when the seeds were sprouting. It only took a few early mornings of garden clogs stomping their ambitions and the snail problem was eliminated. The crows seemed to enjoy the escargot that was pitched out in the street too.
lawn weeds on the sideyard were removed by Farmer MacGregor to make way for a temporary flowerbed. He even trimmed back the surrounding hedges to give me a little elbow room to maneuver. This spot will, most likely, be paved over when a new driveway is installed. Now here’s the problem:
What should be planted in this space?The space is about 15’ X 5’. It’s in full sun for the most part of the day. As the picture shows, garbage traffic is heavy (The bins are stored on the other side of the gate.) so fragrance would be nice. I’m looking for low growing plants along the driveway moving up to taller plants in the back. The tallest should be no taller than 4’. I don’t want to see the neighbor’s weed bed but I don’t want to be overwhelmed. The soil will be amended to insure sturdy growth starting now. I’m open to annuals or perennials for this temporary bed. Here’s a checklist:
- Hardy plants in Sunset zone 8 – 9.
- Full sun - up to 10 hours a day.
- Fragrance is desired.
- Drought tolerant is important.
- All colors will be considered but lavender compliments Farmer MacGregor’s house paint work.
- Nothing edible. Remember – cats, dogs, and miscellaneous children?
Any suggestions are welcome.