Small , hot space needing plants

go2gymMarch 29, 2009

Between my asphalt driveway and my house is a small strip of bare soil about 12 feet long and 18 inches wide. I'm in Zone 7 and this is on the north side of the house, gets sun 95% of the day, and in the summer is a scorching hot place for any plant. Right now the summer weeds like it.

Its a couple inches lower than the driveway so I'm thinking of building it up a bit and put maybe a 6-8 inch high retaining wall type of configuration. Then I have to decide what to plant there. Something a maximum of 2 feet tall or under with a root system that can deal with such a small space. Preferably a perennial.

Any ideas? Thanks!

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petzold6596(8b southern NM)

The 18 inch width is your limiting factor. Since its next to the driveway it will get walked on from time to time so you need something tough. I suggest hens and chicks. There are many varieties available now so you can plant several in that space.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 10:32PM
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Thanks. Actually it won't be walked on at all. Its a small strip between driveway and house, not in a walking zone.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 10:50PM
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sweet_betsy No AL Z7

None of these are perennials in my Zone 7; however, they are
the most drought-tolerant plants that I have tried in hot, scorching spots like yours--globe amaranth, pentas and periwinkle.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 9:56AM
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