Left side of 90' driveway - Knowledgebase Question

McMurray, Pe
Question by janetg150
March 28, 2010
The 1st 20' has gentle slope to driveway, then starts a 3' wall for the remaining 70'. The 1st 30' of this wall is straight & along a wide 1 car driveway, then it zags back to accommodate a 2 car driveway, towards the garage. This last 40'(midway) also includes stone steps up to the side yard. We purchased 12 rhododen. Should we line them up, along the wall? What plants to add? Groupings? Thanks

Answer from NGA
March 28, 2010


I'm not a fan of seeing plants lined up like soldiers - I think it's unnatural looking! Instead, why not either group the rhododendrons (3 in a group) and plant around them to make individual focal points, or offset them (stagger them) and plant something smaller in a pattern that swoops from one end of the driveway to another? Depending upon the mature sizes of the rhododendrons, you might be able to plant small mounding azaleas at their bases with Dicentra (bleeding hearts) nearby, or smaller mounded perennials such as Dianthus (sweet williams), and bring the look all together with Mondo grass (dark green tufts of bladed foliage). I think the possibilities are almost endless. When you choose plants, look for the mature heights and widths so you can create a pattern of textures and sizes from the top of the driveway to the bottom, sweeping through the zig zags. Enjoy your new garden!

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