by Susan Harris
When I last showed you some of my favorite curbside gardens a commenter wrote to complain. In a nutshell they said: Sure, those tall plantings are great if you don’t have to, um, PARK and get out of your car. True enough, so I promised to follow up with curbside gardens that WOULD work with parked cars. So here ya go.
First up, in a sunny spot along a busy street with parking, you see some liriope, another tough-looking short grass, some of the new petunia varieties that bloom like crazy without dead-heading, and the silver foliage of the Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare ‘Silver Mist’). All are super drought-tolerant except those petunias.
And for shade, how about good old hostas with liriope (for evergreen color) and strategically placed flagstones for human passage? You don’t get much lower-maintenance than these two workhorses.