The Q&A Archives: Need help for lowmaintenance townhouse yard with no water source

Question: I live in a townhouse that has a small yard but I do not know what to do with it. I wish this would allow me to send a picture because it would help whomever is looking at this to understand what the problems issues are. Its prob about 16x8 or so...There are 3 trees that are planted that I want to keep because they are designed to grow for privacy but I do not know what to do with the rest of the area. I want it to look pretty and relaxing - maybe a mixture of greens and a rock garden or something like that but I also want it to be pet friendly as I might soon get a small dog whod have to run around there. The bigger problem is that there is no water spiget there - The brilliant builder did not put a hose there and to drag a hose from the garage to the yard, youd have to go through a furnished carpeted room which is not practical. Also becauseits a small space in an urban area, no one wants to mow or do anything like that so just looking for something very low maintenance....Again wish I could send a picture so youd know what Im dealing with and it would make sense - Its kind of hard otherwise and IVe gone to the stores and pple have been of no help

Answer: Steve,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question as we are transitioning to a new Q&A system. I hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

I understand the difficulty in getting help regarding your unique landscape situation. I will offer a few thoughts and then suggest you take some photos of the area and visit your County Extension Office to show them for additional ideas and assistance.

It is going to be difficult to plant things where you have no water and to have them grow and look well. Some tough plants to consider are Setcreasea (Purple Heart), dwarf Ruellia, daylily (if the area gets some sun), and dwarf yaupon shrubs.

Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

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