xeriscaping in the far north
I'm going to be starting a new shade bed in some of the
"common property" in front of my townhouse. I would like to create a bed that doesn't require alot of maintenance once it is established. I've planted hostas, lady's mantle, ferns [go figure], lady of the valley and all are doing very well but now I've got permission to expand the bed and make a new one on a strip between sidewalks [about 3 ft wide by 8 ft long] I was thinking that it would be good to include some smallish shrubs - nothing that requires alot of pruning and nothing that gets very big because some people have a security concern about big bushes near entrances. Does anyone have ideas that I could use for both shrubs and plants? I plan to create a lasagna garden over existing unhappy lawn to plant into.