More Garden Space for Me!
So I have some exciting news! You may remember last October I wrote about how the city forestry crew had taken down a dying maple on the parkway west of the driveway. It turns out the city will NOT be replacing that tree (something about too close to the driveway).
This creates a new space roughly 6’x12′ that is available for a new garden bed! Granted, the soil is somewhat compacted and is full of tree roots. But still, this new space is in almost full sun and will allow me to further my Prime Gardening Directive, namely:
Of course I’ve been fantasizing for months about what to plant there. I’d like this planting to complement the Left Bank Bed on the other side of the sidewalk, with mostly lower-growing, native plants. They should also be able to tolerate dryer conditions.
Right now I’m thinking of the following:
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum). Feathery pink seed heads, low native groundcover for planting along the sidewalk.
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis). A fine textured grass about 2′ tall. I would use it to mark the east and west borders of the bed.
Downy Wood Mint (Blephilia ciliata).
Prairie Onion (Allium stellatum). Nodding lavender florets in summer.
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa). A short milkweed with orange flowers.
Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata). Small white flowers and good fall foliage color. About 3′.
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium). This upright grass and the Prairie Baby’s Breath would be the tallest plants for this bed.
Finally, for the streetside edge, a mix of Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) and Aromatic Aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolius), for a nice blue/yellow combination in late summer and fall.
All of the above are natives, though in the fall I will probably plant some species tulips for spring color.
Also, I wonder how the city would feel if I grew a vine up the lamppost?
So what do you think? If you suddenly had a stretch of parkway (or hellstrip, as it is also called) available, what would you plant?