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I need a good sidewalk border that will look good all year round with some.
Do you really need plants running the length of the sidewalk, or can the lawn be enough?
If you think you need some type of planting, make sure there is a distinct border
between lawn and plants. Many times you see monkey grass or daylilies flanking a sidewalk
and they are a mess of grass and plants. A buffer zone that can be edged or weed-eated
can help. You didn't mention if you had sun or shade. If you have sun, perennial verbena
can be a nice addition, but usually won't live more than 3-4 years. Stella d'or daylilies
can bloom for a long period of time and are only dormant for a month or two in the
winter and candytuft is an evergreen perennial with beautiful white spring flowers.
Monkey grass (Liriope) is evergreen and takes sun or shade, but isn't particularly
colorful unless you go with a variegated form. You could always do a mass planting
of low growing shrubs, but they usually aren't necessary the entire length of the
sidewalk. For shade plants, try ajuga with great colorful foliage, heuchera--many
different colored varieties to choose from and they are evergreen, or pachysandra
an evergreen groundcover.
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