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Question: I have a strip of dirt on the side of my house no one really sees. Im tired of just dirt and weeds it gets sun for 10am to 5pm what is the least expensive and easiest to plant there i have been looking for awhile

Answer: I think a heat and drought tolerant groundcover would be the way to go. Osteospermum fruiticosum (African creeping daisy) has a vigorous trailing growth habit and attractive light green foliage the year round. Plants grow 12 to 18 inches high and bloom profusely in early spring with daisy flowers about 2 inches in diameter. These are adapted to the seashore as well as inland valleys.

Rosmarinus officinalis prostrata (creeping rosemary): Gives a quick, drought-resistant cover. Root system not as deep as some other species. Produces blue flowers which are very attractive to bees.

Helianthemum nummularium (sunrose): Grows to 1 foot high and flowers in the spring in several colors. Plants are available in flats and gallon cans.

If you plant a groundcover you can purchase flats and cut the plants into indivdual clumps and plant them several inches apart. This will give you good cover for the least amount of money.

Enjoy your new garden!

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