The driveway bed
just a short stretch of the driveway bed in mid-June 2011, showing off
evening primrose, lamb's ear, germander and other flowers.
The driveway bed is a narrow strip between the driveway and the
property line (with the neighbor's privet hedge) where grass wouldn't grow -
so we turned it into a garden. You can imagine it has its challenges: it
gets roasted by the sun hitting the macadam in summer, gets snow piled high
on top in winter, and isn't among the first garden areas in line to receive
water in periods of drought. So it's survival of the fittest, and there are
some tough plants in there. Many other used to be in there, and met
with an untimely demise.
It's not the tidiest garden area, but in spring
and summer it's a cheerful strip of color. Since it's such an elongated
area, you'll have to scroll your screen to see the full image below. The
map was made a couple years ago, and is in sore need of updating (see the
stories of demise above). Soon, hopefully...
An even narrower strip of garden separates the other side of the driveway from
the front yard. The strip is backed by a low-growing hedge of Korean boxwood -
which is never quite sure it appreciates being selected for this task - and
features a rag-tag assembly of unrelated plants: some species tulips and
autumn-flowering colchicums, a few unhappy cranesbill geraniums, and self-seeded
blue flax and blazing stars. Another area that needs help...
A partial list of the plants growing in the driveway bed
March 04, 2012