Planting A Neighborly Corner

Beautify a boundary with easy-care plants

FLOWERThe corner where your property meets your neighbors and the sidewalk can be a kind of grassy no-man’s land. You can define this area with a planting that can be enjoyed by both property owners. Good gardens make good neighbors-so we’ve used well-behaved low-maintenance plants that won’t make extra work  for the person next door,or for you.

Because of its exposed location, being remote from the house and closer to the street, this is a less personal planting than those in other more private and frequently used parts of your property. The design is to be appreciated from a distance. Try planting five nice sized  shrubs, and arrange them into blocks. Although some plants may have attractive flowers, it is sometimes the foliage that makes the plantings special. I have planted some of the same plants next to my bench picnic table that did quite well. As the seasons progress, you will see blues, greens, reds, and yellows culminating in an eye-popping display of fiery autumn leaves.

For the first few years, mulch the plants well so that they will retain as much moisture as possible and try to keep down the weeds until the shrubs fill in. This is a very easy planting design to maintain since it maintains the natural shapes of the shrubs, which soften the geometry imposed by the planting plan of the plants listed below.

  • Amur Maple (use 1 plant) a small but fast growing deciduous tree.
  • Gro-Low sumac- a tough deciduous shrub forming low mounds.
  • Anthony Waterer spirea-has small, fine blue-green leaves and rosy pink flowers.
  • Crimson Pygmy Japanese barberry-deciduous shrub with deep purple leaves.
  • Goldflame spirea- small deciduous shrub with a different look each season.

Each of these plants will give you a nice planting that can be enjoyed by all. Tips given by

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