Corner lot plants - Knowledgebase Question

Sacramento, Ca
Question by petravaladez
March 17, 2010
Concerning a corner lot, what colorful plants are best for protection from turning cars, walking students, and peeing dogs?


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Answer from NGA
March 17, 2010

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I'd plant things with needles or stickers - roses, barberry, or a dense hedge of hollies to keep pedestrian traffic out of the yard. Ornamental grasses are also an option. They generally don't need a lot of maintenance yet they grow tall and a group of them can act as a barrier. Artichoke plants are another good choice. Their stickery leaves and colorful flowers (if you dont' harvest the artichokes) make a really bold statement. Once you have the backbone of the garden planted you can place flowering perennials on the house side of the screening hedge or ornamental grasses for lots of summer color. Choose black eyed susan, dwarf sunflowers, coreopsis or salvia. Hope this information helps you design a really functional and attractive corner.

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