A couple of years ago a client told me she wanted to drive into her driveway to a beautiful garden and asked me to design one for her. Easy enough request. She also wanted to screen off the back yard with some trelliage but didn’t want climbers on it. Easy enough request. She wanted a deer resistant cottage style garden in her favorite color combination–blue and yellow. Again, easy enough request.
When the trellis work was installed, there was only one logical place for it so that’s where it went. What was left for this garden of easy enough requests was a 30″ wide bed between the fence and the blacktop in the blazing sun where the plow would push the snow in the winter months. Not so easy any more. These types of garden problems are what landscape designers excel at and when it really makes sense to consult with a professional.
Now three years later, the garden is thriving without irrigation or much care and it looks great. What’s the secret? Plant choice. All of the plants chosen for this garden are drought tolerant, heat and sun loving, and tough as nails.
Here’s the list:
Agastache x ‘Black Adder’
Sorghastrum nutans ‘Sioux Blue’