Landscaping a long walkway to front door - Knowledgebase Question

Costa Mesa, Ca
Question by marinml
February 22, 2010
I have about a 30 ft walkway that I have to landscape after having a repipe on the house done. The planter runs on both sides of the walkway between 2 houses. Sun in the afternoon but also hot because of the 2 houses. Planter is about 1 ft deep. Any suggestions for plants that can take full sun/partial shade but heat. I'm in Costa Mesa, CA

Answer from NGA
February 22, 2010


There are some heat and drought tolerant plants that will grow in part sun/part shade. Here are a few to consider: Nepeta ?Walker?s Low? Catmint grows 10-14? tall. Drought-tolerant, mounded plants with small grey-green fragrant leaves. Masses of bright-blue flowers summer to fall attract bees and butterflies.

Leucanthemum superbum ?Becky Shasta Daisy? is a tall plant with large, single, white blooms with yellow eye. Excellent cutting flower.

Heuchera (coral bells) Silver Scrolls grows 20-24? tall, silver-purple foliage with dark purple veining and white flowers.

Trollius 'Lemon Queen' Globeflower has lemon-yellow double flowers on compact plants.

Pulmonaria ?Cotton Cool? Lungwort grows 12-24? tall, entirely upright silvery leaves and showy blue flowers in spring.

Aquilegia (Columbine) Biedermeier is a compact plant with mixed color flowers.

Hope these suggestions work well in your garden.

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