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Plant choices for community islands/medians

Posted by KCgreen none (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 11, 13 at 11:24


I've been lurking here for a bit and recently I've been asked to help resolve some landscaping issues in my community.

The problem is with the "islands" in our cul-de-sacs. Currently they a pretty barren with half dead dirt and grass, and some have 3"-4" maples. These areas do not have irrigation so I am trying to figure out some combination of low plants and ground cover that would be low maintenance and tolerant to sporadic rainfall. I live in the Kansas City area so we have hot summers (sometimes with extended drought periods) and cold winters.

My first thoughts would be to get rid of the grass completely, and maybe go with some short bushes with mulch or some sort of ivy ground cover. Adding in some color in the form of flowers would be an extra bonus.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I haven't been able to find any good resources for these types of areas.

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RE: Plant choices for community islands/medians

Some kind of beach rose. Plants that evolved for beaches do better with road salt, and beaches are often dry. You could go with the native Virginia Rose or the super tough Rugosa Rose. They have both flowers and Rose hips for winter interest.

Bearberry is a native, low growing ground cover that produces fruit. Hard to get established and spreads slowly, but it is supposed to be very tough and drought tolerant once they get established.

Trumpet Vine is a very tough vine that produces big orange flowers that hummingbirds like. Usually the problem with it is it spreads too much, but the road would restrain it in this location.

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