The Q&A Archives: Landscape frontage along sidewalk

Question: We have a 90 x 7ft sloping strip across front of property which is has garden path along upper level, and street sidewalk at along lower level. Need to cover the dirt and dress-up front of property. What do you think of redwood mulch and jasmine. Would like to keep redwood colour as long as possible. Need watering advice apray, bubbler, drip or what? Any other suggestions to cover the dirt and make attractive?
Thank you very much.

Answer: Jasmine with bark mulch will be very attractive. You might also consider pachysandra, vancouveria, lavender or sarcococca. All are well-behaved broadleaf evergreens. Another plant that will grow well for you is Euonymus fortunei. It comes in variegated leaf colors (green and yellow or green and white) which might add interest to the area. Once established, all are drought tolerant so I wouldn't put in a drip system. Instead, I'd hand water the plants or set up a sprinkler. They will need about one-inch of water per week, applied slowly so the moisture has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root systems. By next summer they'll need only supplemental water during the hottest months of the year.

Enjoy your landscape!

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