Wed, 27 Feb 2019
1. Colourful Perennials and Succulents.
The skinny strip along the side of your garage will need tough, drought-tolerant plants that offer attractive, contrasting colour and don’t spread a lot.
TRY: Yellow-flowering Kangaroo Paw plants stay upright in narrow garage-side beds, while small Succulents and Cacti are interesting options with a great variety of shapes.
2. Ornamental Grasses
A great option for a dry area down the side of the garage (above, right), a mix of tall and short grasses will provide variation and stay low maintenance.
TRY: There are many native species that will do the trick, miniature Toe Toe would be perfect here.
3. Cottage-style perennial border.
This image (above) shows how you can create a garden bursting with life in a narrow planting strip. Extra points here for the old window frame converted into a planter!
TRY: Plants like Penstemon, Salvia and Impatiens will do well here, and will attract bees and butterflies too.
4. From above and below.
Take advantage of gradient changes for more planting opportunities. Above left, a simple Ladder Fern adorns the roof, while a creeping vine gives this rather old garage a quaint, cottagey appeal. Above right, silvery Parrot’s Beak spills down from the roof and a skinny Fern Pine reaches skyward from the stacked stone planter to the right of the garage.
Tip: Before planting your roof, be sure to consult with an engineer as to how much additional weight the roof can support.
5. Vines & potted evergreens.
Vines are a great solution for adding green to garages with limited planting space. The container with the evergreen (below, left) also homes the vine plant. Clever!
Try: Boston Ivy, Bougainvillea, climbing Fig, Clematis, Jasmine
6. Garage-framing trellis.
Above left, consider adding permanent trellising up and over the garage door, as was done on this home in South Carolina.
TRY: Jasmine and variegated Ivy were used here, but other vines could be used to similar effect.
7. Low water, low maintenance.
This minimalist approach to garage-side planting (above, middle) takes little care and adds dramatic interest to the entry. A single ‘Sticks on Fire’ milk bush succulent ties in with the colour of the mailbox and garage door.
TRY: Cacti and Succulents both make excellent choices for low-water, low-maintenance garage-side plants. Take care to choose spineless varieties if there’s a chance you’ll brush against it.
8. Flowering vine and potted flowering shrubs.
This colourful iteration of the vine and potted plant duo (above, right) uses a combination of wisteria and potted hibiscus to frame a double garage door.
TRY: Wisteria (note that wisteria is deciduous, so will lose its leaves in winter), climbing Roses, Jasmine.
9. Built-in planter.
A custom planter is another way to create garage-side planting space where none exists.
TRY: Native Carex grasses and structural Leucadendron or a miniature Pohutukawa. A small variety of Bamboo could work too, the planter will stop it from spreading.
10. A skinny, upright shrub.
When every inch counts, choose tall, narrow shrubs for visual appeal without encroaching on useful areas.
TRY: Small Conifers, Topiary, a potted trailing plant on a trellis.
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