Curb planting suggestions anyone?

sybelle(Coastal GA)September 2, 2003

The city of Savannah decided to put in a sidewalk. This left us with a bare patch of dirt by the curb which has filled in with weeds, moss, and the stray grass. Hubby and I keep coming up with ideas on what to plant other than grass and keep discarding the ideas.

The challenge:

1- It is of course, by the street with constant traffic.

2- It is the dryest part of our yard

3- When it rains this is where the runoff goes to, so, it can get a whole lot of water all at once

4- Whatever we plant has to be short since a tall plant will interfere with line of sight for our cars to back into the street

5- We "neglect" the front yard. Most of our efforts go to the back yard since this is where we spend most of our time

6- I am sick of Liriope. I spend more time "weeding" it out than taking out any weed in our yard.

7- We are on a mission to get rid of our lawn, so, no new grass planting allowed.

8- We live in Savannah and our soil is either sand or clay and gets mold, mildew, or moss making the top impermeable at times.

Ideas anyone?

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Sun or shade? Either way, think about that low growing yellow lantana that's everywhere. It will grow with no additional water at all and when it does rain, won't mind being swamped for a while. The traffic won't bother it either.

Ajuga would do nicely if it's sort of shady.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2003 at 11:14PM
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In addition to the above suggestion, I think some thing small that can thrive on it's own like a succulent may be in order. Sedum comes to mind as one that may work, many mini varieties that grow very low so will not obstruct the view of traffic. I read that the genus ranges from frost tender to frost hardy. Bold to beautiful. A few are tall yet many are small and delightful.

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    Bookmark   September 3, 2003 at 4:18PM
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Jeanni(z8 Guyton, GA)

If it's a sunny area, for something really low growing, but spreading, try portulaca aka moss rose. Great drought tolerant plant that blooms all the time and reseeds itself readily.


    Bookmark   October 12, 2003 at 9:06PM
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I was going to suggest moss roses! I had some volunteer in my yard and I love it! great low-maintenance stuff... (how does one spell maintenance anyway??)

    Bookmark   October 16, 2003 at 9:15PM
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Can anyone suggest a sedum that grows well in Savannah?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2003 at 9:16PM
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citrusman99(8 SC)

Asian Jasmine!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2003 at 9:54PM
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I have some Portulaca and it grows great, just to break up the "mass", I have some society garlic, it has stalks with pretty purple flowers on it. Among that, you can plant some Coleus, they are easy to control too. I see alot of people planting Coleus aroung mail boxes, etc... They don't need a lot of care, although you might need to sprinkle them with a little water if it gets too dry.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2003 at 10:38AM
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I have a mailbox garden like what you describe, and I have daylilies, crocosmia, achillea, Milkweed, Kniphofia and brown-eyed susan vines. Very low maintenance. I hardly ever do anything out there and it always looks great!

    Bookmark   October 28, 2003 at 9:57PM
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Moss verbena should do good there as well. It will grow in the cracks of asphalt and concrete. Doesn't like to be watered and blooms profusely if neglected. But a flood of water won't effect it either. Perfers sun but shade won't bother it. Doesn't mind foot traffic and grows low so a site problem wouldn't be an issue.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2003 at 10:51AM
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drasaid(zone 8)

Heck, I have it filling about an 18 X 4' area of CONCRETE. It grows out of a half-inch crack where I jammed a stem of it some months ago; I stuck some good soil in after it and since then it has survived on canine effluence and air plus runoff from my other plants. Inexplicably, one I had in a pot formed several tubers and inside the tubers (one broke when I pulle it out of the pot) was WHITE. So you have a black-purple leaf and a white tuber.
But it does not die (at least in Zone 9.)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2003 at 10:26PM
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fennelgrl(Z6a OH)

What did you decide on and how did it work out?
I'm planning my own curb planting now.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2005 at 12:28PM
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