What to plant in narrow long brick planter...

tierra(9)August 14, 2013

Hi everyone! I live in Central California, Zone 7B. There is a long narrow planter under my front window which I just can't seem to figure out. My husband has lined it so no water will leak out and it's filed with good dirt. It's 12 feet by 1 feet, so very long and very narrow! Summers here are blisteringly hot.

What would you plant here?

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emmarene

The liner is just odd. Maybe bog plants.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 4:25PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

I'd plant a trailing rosemary; I'm not sure how a liner would affect growing plants, though. If that makes it more like a pond, then maybe waterlilies?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 4:30PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

Hmmm Are there two of these threads? I know I asked about the liner soon after the thread showed up.

Well, anyway. What I wanted to know is if you truly meant that there is no drainage from the bottem on the planter. Because that really limits what will grow, how you water, life span and maintenance. No drainage is not a good thing.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 7:12PM
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tierra(9)

Oh sorry, I guess I threw everyone off...

The planter is lined on the side that meets the wall only - it's sealed so that it doesn't leak into the house or create structural damage.

It drains directly into the groundn and has good drainage, does not bog- I filled it with good dirt. If you look closely you can see a rose has been planted in it (right side of the picture). It's a red Mr. Lincoln rose which I was told would work in the narrow space. So far it appears be doing very well.

Sorry for the confusion! No I didn't make a pond out of my planter even though that's what I made it sound like!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 10:02PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

That is a pretty planter, and it looks like you have a pretty house too. I'd move the rose, though, since it will grow too wide and catch your clothes with the thorns. Twelve inches is just too narrow for me- you would have to butcher the rose and it will only have a few flowers at the top. I tried a climbing rose on a four foot wide arbor and got tired of ripped shirts and blood drops all over the flagstones. It's gone now.

I think I would alternate something spiky with something fluffy, like tall bearded irises with lamb's ears. Pelargoniums generally do well in that kind of a spot. It would help if you could widen the walkway by four or five bricks on the grassy side, because then you could plant things that trail over the side or get a bit fluffier without impacting the narrow walkway. Have fun shopping!
Renee

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 1:27AM
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tierra(9)

I actually thought about geraniums. I like the iris and lambs ears idea but I'm thinking it would be lovely to see some blooms peeking through the window from inside the house and I don't think iris will get that tall.

So...what grows about 3 feet tall, has pretty blooms and would be happy in a narrow space? I am scratching my head all the time with this!

What do you think about salvias? with something mixed in.

I wish I could widen it but I think that it is just not going to happen as we only plan to live here a couple of years.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 11:35AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Irises. Tall bearded irises average 32-42" tall. Reblooming irises would be best.
I saw this raised brick planter on an iris tour. There were irises, artemisia, and some pretty grasses- some baumea and I think perhaps sweet flag (acorus 'ogon'?). It was very pretty. I have always wanted to copy that bed.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 2:18AM
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tierra(9)

I'm going to try the irises. I actually have a couple in there now, but I've got plenty more to transplant this fall.. I never planted artemesia with irises. I have some stacchys in there now spilling over the edge which could sub for the dusty miller. Love the bright color of the grass. Great ideas! thanks for you help and input.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 11:17PM
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tierra(9)

I'm going to try the irises. I actually have a couple in there now, but I've got plenty more to transplant this fall.. I never planted artemesia with irises. I have some stacchys in there now spilling over the edge which could sub for the dusty miller. Love the bright color of the grass. Great ideas! thanks for you help and input.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 11:18PM
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MrClint

What sun exposure does this planter get? South, East, West, North? I see some shading, is this partial shade? Then just thrill, spill and fill accordingly. :)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 12:11AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

I would just do a mass planting of Geranium 'Rozanne', which blooms for months and months and months on end.

A collection of one-of-each-kind plants such as you have now looks haphazard. If you are only planning to stay a couple of years, in a couple of years a mass of 'Rozanne' will look stunning, just right for when you go to sell.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 2:54PM
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cerise

Trailing rosemary was my thought, too. The heat will not bother it a bit and it will hide some of the brick, making the planter actually look larger than it is. Its easy to grow & so forgiving.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 4:17PM
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