ugly grey narrow wall
I have one of those older brick houses in which on the south side they have the bottom 2 (or more?) feet of UGLY grey..concrete? NOt sure, not going out to look. Some of you are familar with these types of houses.
There's a narrow strip in front of the "ugly grey" wall (before it become bare brick) of about 7 feet wide, which includes measuring from the wall. (I know to plant out from walls for air circulation, whatever).
After this dirt strip of approx. 7 ft (max) out from house and 12 feet (approx)going along the house, there's about 2-3 feet of grass.
Then,even though it's the South side, my neighbors have a decidous hedge that they keep at maybe 5 feet so that does cast shade, it's still sunny and dry there but there's some shade too.
The soil is great, over 6 years as I've tried to figure out WHAT to grow there, I've ammended and added compost like nuts. But WHAT can I grow there???? Currently there's blue hollies but I figure they'll need moved again as they'll want to get a lot wider than that.
Obviously, it's DRY, as the rain doesn't hit the whole way to the wall (rain shadow) but I can irrigate, though I hope something would be somewhat/very drought tolerant once established.
Does anyone have any ideas?
I've thought ornamental grass but ...
Thanks for any input!!! (Oh tomatoes grew well there, with daily watering...only thing is I personally hate tomatoes).