Need suggestions for NO maintenance plants
I am about to submit some plans to the condo association where I live for "beautifying" a narrow strip of land next to my home. I need virtually no maintenance plants because the association needs assurance that the lawn and gardening company we employ will not have extra work to do. I can be responsible for getting the plants established during the first year or two; but if I were to move, the association can't expect the next owner to take care of the plantings.
I'm working with a 3' x 55' strip of slightly sloping land, bordered on one side by a thin veil of trees and on the other side by concrete curbing. The soil is poor, rocky clay. The area gets southern and western light. The tree branches were recently cut back; so the sun is fairly direct all day. Drought tolerance would be very helpful.
My first thought was a combo of naturalizing daffodils, day lilies, and ground cover; but the browning leaves of the daffodils and lilies might be a no-no. Also, I don't have boundless energy. I'd prefer stuff that's easy to get into minimally amended soil. None of that "dig 18" down" routine for me!