Area around sitting wall
Looking for advice for design and plantings around the exterior of my 21" patio sitting wall. The area faces North and receives some sun, but mostly it is shaded by the shadow of the wall and some large trees. The local herd of New Jersey deer is also looking forward to my plantings and their pending feast, so I must choose deer resistant species or hire a Coyote to stand guard. The answer could be as simple as : Just reseed and grow grass, but hoping to visually enhance the outside of wall. We are not looking for privacy.
Tall pin oak branches hang over the area so there will be leaves and acorns dropping down - during fall and throughout summer. Have to factor in the ability to clean up and keep clean. Also have two young children (3&5) so must stay away from plants with poisonous berries- I am sure one will eventually dare the other......"tastes like burning"
Truly appreciate everyone's input.