The Q&A Archives: What Should I plant in my backyard if I kill everything?!?!?

Question: I have a very small space for planting .... 7 ft by 4 ft and then a few more planters. I live in Orange county CA, and I am horrible and maintenance (including watering) half of the planting areas get shade and the other half get sun.

What should i plant if I just want it to be ascetically pleasing?



Answer: I'd start by digging everything out of the bed and planters and then amending the soil with compost. This will help the soil retain moisture. In the sunny area you can plant a rose bush and in the shady area a small camellia shrub. After planting, place weed barrier over the bare earth and cover it with bark nuggets. This will help slow evaporation. Then all you'll need to do is water the planter thoroughly once each week. In the planters you can plant low-water use perennials (succulents, ornamental grasses or red hot poker. These will need to be watered about once a week, as well. And, with the preparation as suggested above, you'll have an attractive, evergreen, low maintenance garden. Enjoy!

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