Plants near alley?
We live on a small city lot backing up to an alley. There is a parking pad that juts into our yard from the alley, and that leaves us about 5 feet of yard on either side of the parking pad. We had been using these areas for vegetable gardening but decided against it this year because of the lack of sunlight. Now, they are overgrown with weeds.
We'd like to spruce up the back yard a bit, and those areas look the worst. We are in need of something low maintenance, does well in part-sun (maybe 3-4 hours/day), and preferably relatively fast-growing (so it can hold its own again the brushy weeds that are trying to take over).
It doesn't need to be breathtaking; I mostly want to stop embarrassing my neighbors. I would appreciate any suggestions!