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Curbside Garden 4 Ways

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Landscape that forlorn space between street and sidewalk. Four garden plans are customized for Southwest, Southeast, Northwest, and North-Central yards.

4 regional curbside garden plans together

If gardening space is hard to come by, take it to the street with a curbside garden. It’s an opportunity not only to expand your garden but also to literally add curb appeal. Here are four regional plans to get the creative juices flowing.

Before you get started, check whether your community permits gardens between a sidewalk and the street. If so, ask if there are restrictions on plant height or proximity to the sidewalk or street. Also, have underground utilities marked before digging.

NORTH/CENTRAL

This stout bunch of perennial flowers and grasses won’t demand a lot of attention once they’re established. They’ll soak up the sun and send back lots of summer color in the Midwest and Northeast. Frame the bed with pavers and mulch to simplify maintenance. 

north-central garden plan
  1. Coreopsis (Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’), Zones 3–8
  2. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Zones 3–9
  3. Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.), Zones 3–10
  4. Cranesbill (Geranium spp.), Zones 5–9
  5. Spirea (Spiraea Sundrop), Zones 4–9
  6. Quaking grass (Briza media), Zones 4–11
  7. Sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’), Zones 3–10
  8. Blue oat grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens), Zones 4–9
  9. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4–9

     

NORTHWEST

Pavers provide convenient access to the street. Etched with thyme, the pavers also set the stage for an artistic mosaic garden full of low-maintenance color for the Northwest.

Northwest Garden Plan
  1. Blue fescue (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’), Zones 4–8
  2. Ice plant (Delosperma cooperi), Zones 6–10
  3. Golden sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’), Zones 6–9
  4. Hens and chicks (Sempervivum ‘Royal Ruby’), Zones 4–8
  5. Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon ‘Nigrescens’), Zones 6–11
  6. Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’), Zones 4–9

SOUTHEAST

Simple yet sophisticated, this symmetrical bed is a self-contained garden framed by sidewalk, street, and lawn. The chaste trees peaks in early fall; their companions offer summer-long color and texture with their foliage. If necessary, trim the lower branches of the chaste trees for more headroom.

Southeast Garden Plan
  1. Golden sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’), Zones 6–9
  2. Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’), Zones 3–9
  3. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Zones 8–11
  4. Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus), Zones 6–9
  5. Creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum), Zones 4–9
  6. Variegated lilyturf (Liriope muscari), Zones 6–10

SOUTHWEST

There is loads of color but hardly any maintenance with this desert Southwest garden bed. The shorter, mounded plant shapes keep things simple, yet there’s plenty of inspiring color and texture. A paver path provides convenient street access.

Southwest Garden Plan
  1. Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), Zones 6–11
  2. Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracilis), Zones 5–9
  3. Lantana (Lantana camara ‘Gold Mound’), Zones 9–11 or annual
  4. Bush morning glory (Convolulus cneorum), Zones 8–11
  5. Angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis), Zones 5–8