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Name: Casey
Portland, Oregon (Zone 8b)
Mar 28, 2020 10:22 AM CST
I have a very narrow plot of land in between my driveway and my neighbor's fence (5 inches in one area, 10 in another, it's not quite a straight line). The area gets good light and I would love to find a way to plant something here to make it more beautiful. The soil begins four inches inferior to the drive way edge and the fence is 5-10 inches away from the edge of the driveway. My questions are:

1) What plants could I plant here in this narrow area? I have considered Passion Flower Vine, Echinacea, and Calendula. Is this too narrow of an area to have a thriving plant?

2) If I am able to plant a plant in this narrow area, do I need to pack in potting soil to make the soil level with the drive way, versus having the bed begin roughly 4 inches inferior to the surface of the driveway?

3) Any other creative solutions for what to do with this space?

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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Mar 28, 2020 10:31 AM CST
Are you ok with putting annuals in there? I would raise the soil for sure, use garden soil not potting soil and for annuals zinnas would look good in there along with marigolds, petunias and other annuals.

Perennials, hard to say. Coneflowers might work along with black eyed susan. But because the space is so narrow I don't know how long they will survive.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Mar 28, 2020 10:52 AM CST
I have a narrow space like that. Last year, I put in a portable trellis and planted green beans. Smiling That 4" drop to the soil level is a good excuse to dig in some nice compost or garden soil.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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Mar 28, 2020 3:24 PM CST
You could always use potted plants with a brick or two under them to make them level with the driveway along there too and/or low growing annuals like lobelia that will reseed themselves.

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