Stairside Garden

vikingboy2013September 16, 2011

The front of my house has stairs leading to the front door. The stairs are about three feet wide and there is planting space at both sides of the stairs and the space is 1 foot wide on the left and about 2 feet wide on the right side. There are walls on both sides of the beds. The left side gets about three hours of sun and the right side gets about 8 hours of sun. Half of the space of the beds gets full shade because there is a room above them so half of the beds are full shade, a quarter is partial sun and another quarter gets full sun. What can I plant in these beds that will look good all year here in zone 9. The slope is quite steep and I don't want to plant trees because its a rental. My house is white and I would like to know what would match the color.

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Without meaning to sound rude but is it an American thing, wanting to landscape your rental property? I can certainly understand a pot of flowers or something beside your front door but this (much like an earlier query) goes beyond that...

Vikingboy, could you post a picture of the area so that the responses can be better focused?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 7:33PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Canadians don't plant up their garden areas when the rent? Back in the day when I rented, I don't think I lived anywhere that I didn't do at least some in the ground gardening, but I'll admit that while living overseas, most of my rental gardening was limited to containers on terraces/balconies. Back to the question at hand, a picture would help a lot. When you say walls adjoin both sides, do you mean house walls, or lower landscape walls? It sounds like you would be best with plantings that take both sun or shade. Narrower growing plants that might work could include Foxtail Asparagus ferns, Dwarf Heavenly Bamboo, Neomarica caerulea, Cyperus textilis, Dianellas tasmanica, Impatiens soddenii, Leymus condensatus 'Canyon Prince', Fatsia japonica, Francoa sonchifolia, to name a few things that would fit into narrow areas and take shade or part sun. Most of the above are more foliage than flowering, but there are also some above with good color in season.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2011 at 2:59AM
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